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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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Featherston's Early Apple

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This attractive August apple was found nestled in a 100+ year old Bartlett pear orchard. This beautiful yellow apple is blushed, splashed and striped with multiple shades of red and dotted with small russeted lenticels. It's crisp white flesh has a pleasant, sweet-tart balance and reminds us of berry flavored candy. The mother tree may be a shy bearer, but she is by herself and will likely produce bigger crops with additional pollinators planted nearby.

The grandmother tree is located in Dutch Flat, Placer County at 3200'. It is the only apple smack dab in the middle of a large Bartlett pear orchard. Almost all of the neighbors still have Bartlett trees on their properties because a single family once owned the entire area in the late 1800s and planted the orchard all in Bartletts. They were able to ship the pears across the country on the newly-built, transcontinental railroad which was constructed within a mile of this property.

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