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

We should be back on track with our bareroot sales starting November 1, 2023.

We will repost all variety information and  pictures soon 

We have about 262 varieties of 21 species and 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 of 2022. Needless to say, we are changing over to that grafting method, but it is a two-year process.


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.


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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Note on Shipping

Shipping costs to the East Coast are $80-$140. 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.



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!


Happy Planting!


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Know Your Soil

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This is a handbook for Understanding and Utilizing Soil Analysis for Organic Growing, written by the founder of the Felix Gillet Institute and organic farming guru, Amigo Bob Cantisano. It is an indispensable guide to understanding the complex world of soil chemistry and biology.

Written in easy to understand language, this handbook is a practical tool for understanding soil laboratory reports and covers technical aspects of improving soil fertility using a variety of inputs, including information on how to increase or decrease levels of each major nutrient in the soil.

This book includes: Detailed discussions of how to manage major and micro nutrients in the soil; Solid info on soil PH, trace minerals, micronutrients, soil nutrient interactions and balance, and foliar feeding; Specifics on using cover crops, compost and compost teas and rock minerals; Focused information on managing soil organic matter to increase crop yields and much more!

Also included are clear descriptions of such technical terms like Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Excess Lime Rate, and/or reports.

By Looking at soil biology through the lens of laboratory soil tests, Know Your Soil informs strategic decision-making, affecting both long-term soil health and profitable farm production.

A valuable tool for serious gardeners, farmers and orchardists.

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