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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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Orange Crabapple

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This wonderful, unique crabapple is small and sweet with a thin orange skin that blushes red in the sun. Its sweet, orange flesh makes for a delicious treat. The tree itself is the largest of 50 trees in a 100+ year old orchard. The caretaker stretches a net under the tree and catches the apples before they hit the ground to make orange crabapple jelly every year. It is, most likely, a great pollinator and adds beauty to any orchard. This may be the famous Transcendent Crab Apple but we haven't positively identified it.

We have found three of these trees, one in Dutch Flat, one in Cedar Ridge and another in North San Juan. Dutch Flat was an important stagecoach stop in the mid 1860's. Mining and timber harvesting were huge industries for the area, but it also boasted a rich intellectual and acting culture where even Mark Twain visited and performed at their historic Opera House.

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