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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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This North Carolina heirloom dates from the late 1700s. Medium to large in size, the greenish-yellow skin is covered with streaks of orange-red to red. This dessert apple has creamy-white flesh with a tinge of green under the skin, is firm, coarse-grained and crisp, with a subacid to sweet flavor, noticeably aromatic. Good for all processing including pies, sauce, dried, juice or hard cider. The large tree grows upright, spreading and is a prolific annual bearer. Ripens in September-November at 2700', and will keep all winter.

The mother tree is a very healthy specimen growing on an old mining claim ranch in Goodyears Bar, Sierra County CA near the North Fork of the Yuba River @ 2700’. Goodyears was a active hard rock and placer mining camp during the late 1800's, and is one of our favorite Gold Rush era hangouts. The owner of this tree, octogenarian Cy Rollins, is a walking (running!) encyclopedia of Sierra and Yuba County history, which he will share as time allows.

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