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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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Beurré D'Anjou

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The standard of all winter pears originated in the early 19th century near Angers, France. A medium to large egg shaped pear with a bright green skin that doesn’t change color as the pear ripens. The white to off white flesh is firm and dense, creamy white, aromatic, juicy, sweet with a hint of citrus, slightly acidic, with buttery and slightly gritty texture. Great eaten fresh out-of-hand, in salads, and for both baking & poaching. D’Anjou purée is used for Jelly Belly’s Juicy Pear flavor. Ripens late September through October at 4500'. Keeps 3-4 months.

The now completely wild, non irrigated mother tree grows in front of the historic Dance Hall in the town of Forest in Sierra County, CA at 4500'. Forest was a very productive and vibrant gold mining camp founded in 1852. Forest was also called "Forks of Oregon Creek". The present name of Forest was derived not from the magnificent forest of conifers surrounding it, as is generally supposed, "but from a Mrs. Forest Mooney, the wife of Captain Mooney". This woman had a knack for writing newspaper articles, and invariably signed her journalistic contributions "Forest City". Today, Forest is full of antique pears, apples and cherries that we will be introducing over the next several years.

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