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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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Camptonville Candy

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Deep red fruit, turning medium purple when very ripe. One of our largest sized fruits, with firm red, very meaty and juicy flesh. Sweet, juicy and yummy, a child’s favorite. Great fresh, canned or dried. Vigorous, productive tree yields abundant crops in late June or early July at 2800'.

The grandmother tree is a very healthy 110+ year young specimen growing at 2800’ in a mixed Gillet homestead orchard in Camptonville,Yuba County, a vibrant mining town of the mid 1800s, still populated with many Gillet trees. Once they struck gold in Camptonville, in 1850, it became known as Gold Ridge and quickly became a busting gold rush town. Known for it's massive hydraulic mining operation, It was also an important stop on Henness Pass Road which travelled over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was a number of years later it was renamed for the well respected town Blacksmith, Robert Campton.

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