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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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Old School Apple

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Joy, our wonderful bookkeeper came on the adventure when we were looking for new apple trees. She spotted this 10' tree growing in the shade of a large schoolhouse built in the 1800s. It had a large crop of medium to large apples that ripen in early October at 4500'. With bright, yellow-green flesh, the skin is covered in a powdery pastel bloom. The sunny side turns a bright red in full sun, while apples in the shade remain yellow with red sun spots. The high quality and flavor stand out in this apple, and it was immediately a clear favorite among us. With crisp flesh, subacid, sugary-sweet juice and superb taste, this apple reminds us of the Sierra Beauty. Though not yet positively identified, this high quality apple is a must have for fresh eating, apple juice, and, of course, cider.

Year after year, the historic mining town of Forest City never ceases to provide more and more unique apples of the highest quality. Gold was discovered here in 1852 and first named Brownsville. In 1854 the town voted to change the name to Forest City. It was, at that time, the site of the Bald Mountain Drift Mine, which was the largest of its kind in California, but a fire devastated the town in 1865 and little was rebuilt after that. It is considered a ghost town, although a few people still live there, and some original buildings still remain such as the dance hall, schoolhouse and a few homes.


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