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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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Crisp, Juicy, Delicious, Mid Season, Classic Eater Saucer and Cider Apple

Jonathan has the distinct perfume and flavor of the classic apple. It was first discovered in the 1790s as a chance Esopsus Spitzenburg seedling on the farm of Philip Rick in Woodstock, New York. It was named Jonathon after the President of the Albany Horticultural Society, Jonathon Hasbrouck.
Firm and tart when eaten right off the tree in September, but needs to be used by October. Great pie apple!

We found this Jonathan apple on an old homestead and orchard in Pioneer, CA along the Golden Chain Highway 49. With acres of other heritage trees - still thriving - this tree still produces fabulous fruit! The family of pioneers kept records of their plantings and labeled most of the trees with cutout aluminum can circles and imprinted names. This made it so much easier to identify the fruit.

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