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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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Goldie Quince

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These medium size quince grow in a hedge on an old homestead that has been completely bulldozed and replaced with buildings and roads. These fully fragrant fruit are very flavorful and make the darkest red reduction of any of the quince we know when cooked down. They make an excellent quince candy or membrillo and add a wonderful zing when cooked in with applesauce or slow cooked with meat. They seem productive but really hard to tell when they are so old and encroached by so much pavement. You must cook quince to eat it. The old timers would put quince in their dresser drawers and closets to make everything smell delicious.

A few of these bushes still cling to the edges of a development in Auburn where there used to be a sprawling homestead with pyracantha, figs, grapes and pears. Auburn has a rich agricultural and mining history, many remnants are still hanging around in odd corners, side streets and backroads. If you go to downtown Auburn you can find an enormous ginkgo tree towering over the buildings, planted over 100 years ago.

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