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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. 

Hope is on the Horizon.

We will have historic fruit and nut trees available for preorder

November 1, 2024.

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Guigne Marbree

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The origin of this variety is unknown, but we do know that Felix introduced it to the US in 1880. To quote Gillet: “Fruit medium large, round, skin dark red. Flesh purplish red, tender, juicy, delicate flavor.”

W.W Smith of Vacaville, one of the most famous cherry growers in 19th century California said: “I must speak of the Guigne Marbree which I obtained from Mr. Gillet, of Nevada City. I find it an immense bearer, ripening with the Early Purple Guigne, which is, with me, a shy bearer but a good shipping cherry. The Guigne Marbree is lighter colored than the other.” Ripens from late May through early July depending on location. Apparently self fertile, it will likely bear a larger crop with a pollenizer.

The amazing, hardy grandmother tree is growing in Lake City, Nevada County, originally Painesville near the South Yuba River. It is east of North Columbia at 3,390’ elevation. Settled in 1853 as a result of the hydraulic mining at Malakoff Diggins. At its peak more than 300 people lived in town. In 1877, it was included on the route of the world's first long-distance telephone line. Today the population is under 20.

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