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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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NSJ King Apple

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Giant, Huge, Big, Crunchy, Sweet, Delicious, Early.

Pinkish Red Apples with Large Flavorful Crisp White flesh and a perfect sweet / tart balance. They have fun asymmetrical and lumpy shapes with wide and deep cavities. They seem to produce consistency each year with an occasional lighter bearing year. Ripens late August and early September at 2400' They seem to stay pretty crunchy for at least a couple weeks on the counter and few more in storage. For an early apple, it is quite crunchy and flavorful and doesn't get mealy quick like most.

North San Juan is a quaint agricultural community where the Felix Gillet Institute's home base is located. There are remnants of large hydraulic mining operations all over the area. The Trees, Homesteads and Orchards that fed the gold mining settlers are still scattered throughout the mountains, and every year we uncover more distinct lost varieties of these heritage fruits, nuts and ornamentals.

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