Nursery Catalog

Thank you for supporting our work as we discover and preserve the heirloom fruit and nut trees of our historic past.

We sell out very quickly and we are expanding our nursery to accommodate!

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Winter Sale – 110 Varieties of Bare Roots and Potted Heirloom Plants!! Catalog will be published November 1st around 7pm. Pickup and Shipping in January and February.

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We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched to re-discover the living, historic plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the ancient, 100+ year old grandmother trees that are still alive in these ghostly orchards. We are a very small nursery and offer very rare and exclusive plants, some we may have only just found. So, there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit and focus on Preserving the living legacy bequeathed to us and the biodiversity necessary for a resilient food economy in the future. We are searching for Land and Resources to grow our Nursery and look forward to offering more rare and endangered plants from our past, in the future.

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Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA

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We apologize if we run out of something you want — the early bird gets the worm!

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NOTE ON SHIPPING

The box for shipping is 8″x8″x48″ The shipping will be the same for 1 tree to 12 bare root trees, up to 40 lbs. We are based in Nevada City, Ca. In general, to ship inside California is between $35-$70. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$120. If you just get one tree it is quite expensive, but if you get a few trees it’s not so bad. We make no money on shipping and these are UPS Shipping costs.

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THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Thank you Everyone for supporting this project!  While the nursery sales provide approximately 25% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. In the past we have received generous grants from UNFI, the Gaia Foundation, and the Bill Graham Foundation. With the pandemic there has been a drop off in grants and donations. So, we are grateful for your purchases and generous donations.
In the face of modern industrial agriculture we have lost 95% of our genetic diversity, and with your help all of us are saving the very best gems still growing throughout California’s Gold Rush Countrysides.

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ORDERS OVER $400 Automatically receive 10% Off

We charge $10 dollars per order for materials and handling on both shipping and pickup. If you order multiple times we will refund any additional Handling Fees incurred from ordering multiple times per season.

Happy Planting!

 

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Red Astrachan Apple

SKU 00064
$37.00
Out of stock
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Product Details

This Russian heirloom was discovered in the early 1800s and offered by Gillet beginning in 1884. It is one of the earliest varieties to ripen in Nevada City, mid August thru September. It is a good variety for warmer climates. A beautiful medium-sized apple, with a thin, yellow skin, streaked with shades of red and covered with a bluish bloom. It is moderately juicy, with a tart flavor that makes it more attractive for cooking than fresh eating. It makes the first great apple juice of the season, and is especially good for dried apples, pies and applesauce. Of more than 100 apple varieties that they grow, Tim Bates and Karen Schmidt of the Apple Farm in Mendocino County consider this the best variety for their famous applesauce. Others call Red Astrachans the best for pies. It does not store well, pick ‘em and use within a few weeks. The tree is vigorous, self fertile, and an alternate year bearer. The tree likes most soils, moderate watering, good drainage and full sun. It is a beautiful, ornamental and very productive tree.

The 125+ year young grandmother tree grows in the town of Humbug, in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park on the San Juan Ridge of Nevada County, CA at 3,250’ elevation. Humbug is the site of one of the original and largest hydraulic gold mines and was a roaring, long-term, large mining town, abundant with wonderful heirloom fruits and nuts that we will be introducing over the next few years.





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