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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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Coffee Cake Persimmon

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Known in Japan as Nishimura Wase, the ‘coffee cake’ persimmon is a ‘Non Astringent Pollination Variant’ (NAPV) variety, which means that the fruit is totally different depending on whether it was pollinated or not. It is considered Choice when the flowers are Pollinated and the fruit develops a crunchy brown flesh, like a chocolate Fuyu and contains seeds. It ripens early but you can let them ripen further until they turn gooey which is also quite yummy. But when it is not pollinated, it behaves like an astringent variety, similar to Hachiya, and it will instead be inedibly astringent until later in the season, when it develops into a bag of soft, sweet tasting, mild flavored persimmon jelly without seeds.

Adam started each of these persimmon trees from seed and then grafted them, a 3 year process.

The mother tree grows at our neighbor’s place, OLaLa Farms in North San Juan. The trees were planted about 50 years ago by Arlo Acton and family.

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