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We sell out very quickly and we are expanding our nursery to accommodate!

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Winter Sale – 110 Varieties of Bare Roots and Potted Heirloom Plants!! Catalog will be published November 1st around 7pm. Pickup and Shipping in January and February.

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We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched to re-discover the living, historic plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the ancient, 100+ year old grandmother trees that are still alive in these ghostly orchards. We are a very small nursery and offer very rare and exclusive plants, some we may have only just found. So, there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit and focus on Preserving the living legacy bequeathed to us and the biodiversity necessary for a resilient food economy in the future. We are searching for Land and Resources to grow our Nursery and look forward to offering more rare and endangered plants from our past, in the future.

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Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA

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NOTE ON SHIPPING

The box for shipping is 8″x8″x48″ The shipping will be the same for 1 tree to 12 bare root trees, up to 40 lbs. We are based in Nevada City, Ca. In general, to ship inside California is between $35-$70. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$120. If you just get one tree it is quite expensive, but if you get a few trees it’s not so bad. We make no money on shipping and these are UPS Shipping costs.

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THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Thank you Everyone for supporting this project!  While the nursery sales provide approximately 25% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. In the past we have received generous grants from UNFI, the Gaia Foundation, and the Bill Graham Foundation. With the pandemic there has been a drop off in grants and donations. So, we are grateful for your purchases and generous donations.
In the face of modern industrial agriculture we have lost 95% of our genetic diversity, and with your help all of us are saving the very best gems still growing throughout California’s Gold Rush Countrysides.

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ORDERS OVER $400 Automatically receive 10% Off

We charge $10 dollars per order for materials and handling on both shipping and pickup. If you order multiple times we will refund any additional Handling Fees incurred from ordering multiple times per season.

Happy Planting!

 

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Kate Wolf Lilac

SKU 00111
$30.00
Out of stock
1
Product Details

This beautiful heirloom is growing on a very old abandoned homestead along the banks of the North Fork of the Yuba River at 2600’ near Goodyears Bar in Sierra County. The great singer-songwriter Kate Wolf was a long time friend of Amigo Bob's. She wrote and recorded the song “The Lilac and the Apple Tree" in the late ‘70s. Kate told Amigo that the inspiration for the song was an old homestead she had found near Goodyears Bar, where she spent her summers in her teens and 20s. He never asked exactly where it was located, and when she passed away, too early in life, he regretted not having learned the location of these plants that inspired her. About 15 years later, Amigo was talking with their mutual friend Utah Phillips and mentioned that he still was curious where these plants were located. Turns out Utah knew the man who might know the location. After many attempts (that's a story in itself!) Amigo Bob finally learned the location from this secretive old man, who finally confessed that it was the homestead that his grandparents settled in the 1850s. After hiking a couple miles to this abandoned site in the forest Amigo found the lilac and the apple (and a rose, that we are growing)! We have been hiking to the site, and growing the lilac ever since. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the lilacs provide financial support to Camp Winnarainbow, a performing circus camp for children and adults founded by our mutual friend Wavy Gravy. Camp Winnarainbow was one of Kate’s favorite projects. See: www.campwinnarainbow.org.

We will offer the Kate Wolf apple and rose from that beautiful homestead and song soon.

You can hear Kate sing “The Lilac and the Apple” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q83NqwtdBZk

Note: We cannot ship lilacs, and they must be picked up in North San Juan in January through February. Please order them now to reserve them for pick up. Supply is limited.

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