Nursery Catalog

Thank you for supporting our work as we discover and preserve the heirloom fruit and nut trees of our historic past.

We sell out very quickly and we are expanding our nursery to accommodate!

All of your purchases fund our Non Profit, and we gratefully accept your tax-deductible donations. Donations keep us going! Thank you!

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our catalog.

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Winter Sale – 110 Varieties of Bare Roots and Potted Heirloom Plants!! Catalog will be published November 1st around 7pm. Pickup and Shipping in January and February.

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We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched to re-discover the living, historic plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the ancient, 100+ year old grandmother trees that are still alive in these ghostly orchards. We are a very small nursery and offer very rare and exclusive plants, some we may have only just found. So, there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit and focus on Preserving the living legacy bequeathed to us and the biodiversity necessary for a resilient food economy in the future. We are searching for Land and Resources to grow our Nursery and look forward to offering more rare and endangered plants from our past, in the future.

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Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA

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We urge you to sign up for our email list and like our Facebook for early notification of when our plants will be available. 

Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at thefgi@gmail.com and request to be added to the email list. 

We apologize if we run out of something you want — the early bird gets the worm!

KEEP SCROLLING DOWN TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE

NOTE ON SHIPPING

The box for shipping is 8″x8″x48″ The shipping will be the same for 1 tree to 12 bare root trees, up to 40 lbs. We are based in Nevada City, Ca. In general, to ship inside California is between $35-$70. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$120. If you just get one tree it is quite expensive, but if you get a few trees it’s not so bad. We make no money on shipping and these are UPS Shipping costs.

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THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Thank you Everyone for supporting this project!  While the nursery sales provide approximately 25% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. In the past we have received generous grants from UNFI, the Gaia Foundation, and the Bill Graham Foundation. With the pandemic there has been a drop off in grants and donations. So, we are grateful for your purchases and generous donations.
In the face of modern industrial agriculture we have lost 95% of our genetic diversity, and with your help all of us are saving the very best gems still growing throughout California’s Gold Rush Countrysides.

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ORDERS OVER $400 Automatically receive 10% Off

We charge $10 dollars per order for materials and handling on both shipping and pickup. If you order multiple times we will refund any additional Handling Fees incurred from ordering multiple times per season.

Happy Planting!

 

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If you have questions, please contact us at   (530) 292-3619 or thefgi@gmail.com


We accept orders only via the website

 

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Apples

Our Apple trees are one year whips which measure at least 3/8 caliper across at graft union and are pruned to 4' tall. Many production orchards prune the apple tree 2'-3' tall which promotes branching from the nodes below the cut. The selected branches then become the frame for the tree. There are many styles of pruning but some of the most popular are 'modified leader' and 'open vase.'

Our heirloom apples are mostly grafted to M111 rootstock but now offer Standard Seedlings. M111 is an excellent all-around rootstock for apples. Trees will be dwarfed to approximately 85 % of a standard full-size tree, approximately 12-16’ at maturity. M111 induces early and heavy bearing, tolerates wet soil, dry soil, and poor soil. M111 resists woolly apple aphids and collar rot.

Standard Seedling rootstock are permaculture trees that can get 35'-40' tall and live over 100 years. They are coming back in style but you need the space. They tend to take longer to fruit, perhaps 7-10 years. These are long term plants. Some people will plant these at 35' spacing and then plant dwarf trees in between so they get fruit quickly from dwarfs but when the standard get large and start produce you can cut the dwarves out.


Click on the images to see variety descriptions.


Hard and Fresh Cider Apples

Arkansas Black Reinette Vert
Autumn Rambour Rhode Island Greening
Blue Pearmaine Smith Cider
Bramley’s Seedling Stayman Winesap
Baldwin Swaar
Golden Reinette Twenty Ounce
Golden Winter Pearmain Vandevere
Gros Api Verite
Lane’s Prince Albert Winesap
Michelson’s Seedling Winter Banana
Nickajack Winter Pearmain
Reine de Reinette Winter Rambour
Reinette a Longue Queue Yellow Bellflower
Reinette Pippin