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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. 

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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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Aphrodite's Blush

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This unknown quince was planted around 1915 in Pioneer California. This is a delicious quince thats makes a pinkish red reduction. Aromatic and flavorful. Quince is an old world fruit that is coming back in style, but it must cooked down to eat it. Adding a quince to your applesauce adds extra zing, flavor and color. You can make a membrillo or add to soups or cook with meat. They are the most fragrant fruit there is but don't down bite into it raw unless you want a puckering sour face. It is extremely astringent when raw.

Quince is the fruit of Aphrodite. From historic times quince jams have been included in nuptial festivities and gifts. Of course love comes in many forms, and Aphrodite is known not just for romantic love, but the love of a mother, a child and a friend, compassionate love for our fellow humans and other creatures. Adding a bit a quince to your food or making a jam is an act of love.


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