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RARE FRUIT AUCTION- DEC 1st-8th

NUT TREES, POTTED PLANTS, LIMITED BAREROOT SALE -EARLY JAN

We will have some Unique Walnuts and Chestnuts for sale this year in our January Sale along with some limited bareroot trees and many potted plants!

 

Due to two rough spring freezes and a hail storm, our bareroot trees did not grow much this year and are severely stunted. So instead of 1500 trees to sell, we only have 170. Mostly there are only one of each variety.

 Instead we will be having an on-line AUCTION beginning December 1 through December 8

All of your purchases fund our Non Profit, and your your tax-deductible donations help keep us going! Thank you for whatever way you support us!

 After the Bareroot Auction we will have Potted Plants for sale and we may have some walnuts and chestnuts too!.

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Normally we have about 262 varieties of 21 species that we have saved. We offer around 150 of those varieties each year.  Fortunately, we discovered that the trees that we experimentally chip budded last year, withstood the late freezes and hailstorm. So, we are changing over to that method of grafting, but it is a two-year process.

We will repost all variety information and  pictures soon, and we should be back on track with our bareroot sales starting November 1, 2023.

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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.

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Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA or Weiss Brother’s Nursery in Grass Valley, CA

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Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at thefgi@gmail.com and request to be added to the email list. 

 

Note on Shipping

Shipping costs to the East Coast are $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 as 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 normally provide approximately 50% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. In the past we have received generous grants from UNFI, the Gaia Foundation, the Bill Graham Foundation and the Latrobe Fund. 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.

If you feel our work is important, please consider a donation to help save these endangered varieties. Thank you!

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Happy Planting!

 

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Kieffer Pear (Bear Pear)

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$37.00
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Product Details

Just as it begins to ripen, this very large pear has crisp flesh like an Asian pear, but as it matures to a deep yellow, the flesh becomes melting like a Bartlett -- best of both worlds. It begins ripening at the end of September and hangs on into November at 2500'. It seems to be self-fruitful, but likely it will be more productive with another variety planted near it. The mother trees are very vigorous and healthy, producing large harvests, annually. These are the largest, healthiest and heaviest producing pear variety consistently almost every year. It is a true permaculture plant, producing more food per tree than any tree we have seen. Codling moth resistant, fire blight resistant and the healthiest old pear trees we have found! The Kieffer pear was a chance cross between a European and Asian pear on Peter Kieffer's farm near Philadelphia in 1876.

The grandmother trees grow on two properties, less than 2 miles from Felix Gillet's former nursery in Nevada City, CA. Nevada City was a bustling place in the late 1800s, known as the Queen of the Northern Mines, with much agriculture to feed the miners. We have found many Felix Gillet trees in this community, likely due to the nearly 100 years of continuous nursery operation. Felix grew many of the trees still thriving in and around Nevada City.


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