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


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Chestnuts

The Chestnuts are one of our favorite permaculture plants and for very good reason. They are among the heartiest and long lived of all nut crops. Tolerant of extreme cold and heat, they bloom late in April or May, missing the frost and Spring rains and ensuring a large crop every year. Once established, they are extremely drought tolerant. The nuts are used for many purposes including roasted, steamed, puréed, liquor, pastries, pasta and delectable sweet treats, candied infused with rum or other liquors, covered with chocolate... We had amazing chestnut ice cream in France. Our favorite was Rum with Marron Glacé, which are candied chestnuts. Chestnuts are highly prized in Europe and Asia! Although the Asian chestnut blight wiped out the Native American chestnuts on the eastern seaboard in the early 1900s, that pathogen needs both heat and humidity to survive. The arid climate of the Western states inhibits the growth of this devastating disease. As a result chestnuts, which have been imported from around the world, thrive in the West. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University traveled to Nevada County in the early 1960s, discovering "the world's greatest diversity of chestnut DNA is in Nevada County", due to the diligent importations of Felix Gillet. Felix brought chestnuts from France, Italy, Spain, China, Korea and elsewhere, and they became established in our area in the late 1800s.

For maximum success, plant on well drained soil with full sun exposure, protect from deer, rabbits and gophers when young and deeply irrigate until well established in 3-5 years minimum. In the West chestnuts have no insect or disease pests and are only bothered by deer and rabbits until the nuts start to fall, and then you have to watch out for the squirrels and the deer, who love to eat the nuts. Unlike other nuts, chestnuts are perishable and must be refrigerated or processed after harvest. Once established, chestnuts require no pruning.