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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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Green Moonshine

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This unique freestone peach curiously has both green flesh and green skin which may blush a bit in full sun. Medium thick skin with succulent, sweet green flesh. Ripens in August at 3200'. We are not sure if this was a seedling or a purposeful graft, but it is delicious and hardy. It appears this peach is resistant or immune to peach leaf curl, a difficult disease to manage that kills many peach trees. It has been difficult to find old peaches in the frosty Sierra foothills. It's always amazing to find a hardy peach!

The grandmother tree lives near Camptonville but is now overgrown with fast growing invasive trees. It was planted near the remnants of both Maidu grinding rocks and the rusty fragments of a Gold Rush family homestead. The ground is still covered in Vinca, a persistent, drought resistant, purple flowered, perennial ground cover. It was popular in the 1800s and now runs wild all over California. When we see Vinca Major, as we traipse about the forests, we know we are at the site of an old homestead.

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