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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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Hachiya Persimmon

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Hachiya is the most common persimmon grown in America and for good reason! This is an astringent type which means that it needs to be fully soft, with the texture of a water balloon before eating, unless you dry it when it is nearly ripe. When ripe, the flesh is soft and jelly-like, with classic yummy persimmon flavor. Used fresh, in pies, cookies, cake, pudding, salsa, pan fried, or dried. This is the variety that is used for the famous Hoshigaki dried persimmon. To speed ripening, freeze solid and then thaw. Very pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant once established. The tree is self-fertile and does not require a pollenizer. Slow growing tree, may reach 35' tall and wide and produce up to 200 pounds of delectable fruit. Ripens in October and November. Stores for a couple of weeks. These trees are in short supple, but we hope to be doing many more persimmons next year!

The grandmother tree grows on private property in Nevada City, CA, once home of Felix Gillet's Barren Hill Nursery. Nevada City, the Queen of the Northern Mines, was the largest and most active town in the Sierra during the Gold Rush. It was the capital of the territory of Nevada prior to California's statehood. Many, many famous people who contributed to major changes of our society were once residence of this still well-known town. We are attempting to establish a formal holiday, recognizing Felix for his contributions to the beauty and productivity of Nevada City.

FYI: Persimmons are slow growing and difficult to propagate that is why they are more expensive than our other fruit trees.

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