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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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Peck's Pleasant Apple

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A fantastic eating apple!

A striking apple with crisp, sugary sweet flesh. It has complex, subtle fruity flavors such as berries, flowers and Sweet Tarts that linger on the tongue. The somewhat thick green skinned fruit can be a greyish green-pink in the shade or have striking swirls of carmine striping. Small white lenticels dot the skin like little stars in a swirling apple universe. Great dessert apple or can be used for cooking, juice, cider or pie. Rated very good to best by numerous growers and eaters. Ripens in September at 2000’.

The grandmother tree is located in Applegate, Placer County, CA at 2,000’. This small town was founded by Lisbon Applegate in 1849. He eventually went back to Missouri but his son George stayed, became postmaster and the town changed it's name to Applegate in honor of the family. Adjacent to the Transcontinental railroad, Applegate was once a major shipper of apples, pears and plums. We hope to find more wonderful heirlooms in this small community.


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