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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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Lady Apple

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Probably the rare, famous and beautiful Api Etoile aka Star Lady. Small, Crunchy, Delicious, Late Season, Beautiful, Great Storage

This Beautiful early 1600’s Apple is considered rare. These very dense and delicious apples are ready for eating in December. They originated in Switzerland and made it to France in 1628. From there they spread to the rest of Europe and then to the Americas. Although it was famous for its shape, in flavor, it stands out on its own. How perfect to have delicious, star-shaped, apples for the Winter Holiday Season! The Api Etoile trees are very vigorous and prolific. They are long-blooming, beautiful to gaze at and beloved by bees. One would make a great pollinator in a larger orchard.

Found only in a small number of collectors' orchards. We only have 2 this year.

We found the star lady apple on an old homestead and orchard in Pioneer, CA along with acres of other heritage trees - still thriving. The family kept records and most trees were labeled. We will be introducing all the best ones over the next few years.

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