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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. 

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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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Large Yellow Myro

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This is the largest Myrobalan we have found. They are about 1 ½ inches across and are as sweet and juicy as can be. The mother tree produces many beautiful white flowers that bloom late, missing most rains and frost, which gives them the opportunity to produce a prolific annual crop. They are very tough trees and survive drought, pests and disease. Birds, deer and bear love them and spread their seeds throughout the forest, producing new plants with new colors and flavors. Myrobalan are commonly used as rootstocks for plums, prunes, almonds, peaches and nectarines. All of these species can be grafted to this tree to create a yummy fruit salad, all on one tree. Ripens in mid to late July at 2100'.

The grandmother trees are found in an abandoned orchard in Colfax, Placer County, probably planted in the 40's. The two grandmother trees grow 4 feet from each other and are each about 20' tall. The canopy of the two trees together is about 25' wide. Colfax, once known as Illinoistown, boomed during the construction of the intercontinental railroad of the 1860s. The pear boom of 1890s found Colfax strategically located to ship its mountain fruit along the railroad to the east, and numerous orchards were planted as a result. The Colfax Fruit Exchange, once a successful grower co-op, still stands next to the tracks in downtown Colfax.

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