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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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Lake City August

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This one of a kind, old world, yellow plum ripens in August at about 3200’. It is similar to a prune in texture and sweetness. It is 2”-3”, oblong shaped European plum. Very hardy, drought tolerant, cold tolerant. The fruit are small to medium, dryish, mildly sweet and mildly flavorful. Seems abundant and would do much better in better conditions. We hope to get more information soon on this new-to-us fruit after we plant it in our mother orchard this winter. Adam may top graft the scions onto an established tree so we can get fruit a bit quicker. He thinks it will be a bit larger and sweeter.

The Mother tree is found in the historic Colonial Gold Rush Town of Lake City which was founded in 1853. The tree was discovered alongside a small scattering of other old plants that have survived the desert like conditions, including 2 roses, another plum, walnut, cherry and pears. We rediscovered and saved the genetics of a unique peach there as well, the Lake City Red Flesh, but the mother tree died this year in 2022. The young new tree we saved is young and a bit weak especially after last year’s frosts. We will see how it goes this coming year.

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