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Towards A Climate Resilient Food Economy:

We have passionately searched the Sierra Nevada and Western States to re-discover the living library of plants still scattered across Northern California, those trees and plants left over from the 1800’s and early 1900’s Gold Rush era.   These are the grandmother trees that have become climate resilient with no human attention for the last 100 years. They give the best fruit and nuts in conditions that most fruit and nut trees can not endure with large annual temperature variations. These  grandmother trees have learned to thrive under the most harsh conditions. We want to make them available to growers, gardeners and communities throughout the West Coast.

We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the 100+ year old grandmother trees that still cling to life in ghostly, historic orchards. We offer very rare and exclusive plants – some may have only just been rediscovered.

95% of plants available during the 1800s are no longer available today.  We are saving what is left before they die. 


Thanks to Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (originally started by our founder Amigo Bob Cantisano), a collection of some of our favorite species and varieties will be available through Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden for the 2024/25 Bareroot Season. 

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The SOLD OUT Varieties listed below are for informational purposes only. These are many of the plants we have found and sold over the years. While some of these varieties will be available this Autumn, many will not. 

Updates on what we have for sale this year will be available in October 2024.

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Yellow Newtown Pippin

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Medium to Large, Super Crisp, Amazing Flavor, Late Season, Stores well

Simply one of the best late season and storage apples ever. The Yellow Newtown Pippin was America's first and oldest commercial apples and one of Thomas Jefferson's Favorites which he planted in 1778. Originally a found seedling in 1666 in Newtown Village, Queens, New York, it has outstanding flavor, unrivaled crispness and flavor which improves in storage. It can be stored into May. Great for Eating Fresh, Baking in Pies and is world renowned for making Cider. The fruit can express remarkably different traits such as size, quality and coloring dependent on location and soil. It prefers rich soil and adequate watering.

Found, with a name label on the tree in a historic,1912 orchard in Pioneer, California. Ruth, whose father and grandfather planted the orchard, grew up amid the trees and still visits and takes care of the trees. Of the 16+ varieties in the orchard, the one she looks forward to most is the Yellow Newtown Pippin. A favorite of the past, present and future.

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