Nursery Catalog

Thank you so much for all the support!

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

Summer Sale- July (Potted Plants)

Winter Sale- October (Bareroots and Potted Plants)






We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched out to re-discover the living library of plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found out these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the 100+ year old grandmother trees that still hang on in these ghostly orchards. We offer very rare and exclusive plants and sometimes may only have a few of a variety that we have only just found.

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.




Plant Pickup is pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA




We are a very small nursery and there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for the inconvenience.  When we find long term farm land we’ll be able to do more.

We urge you to sign up for our email list and like our Facebook for early notification of when our plants will be available. 

Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at and request to be added to the email list. 

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




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 in California is between $35-$50. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$110. 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.



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. This year we are grateful to the Bill Graham Foundation for their support of our work. Hats off and gratitude to them.   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 Country.




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!


If you have questions, please contact us at   

(530) 292-3619 or

We accept orders only via the website

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Reinette Franche Apple

SKU 00048
Out of stock
Product Details

Gillet introduced this 1500s Normandy, France variety in 1884. The fruit is a medium-large crimson and golden apple with radiating rays of russet from the cavity. Consistent Bearer of good crop. 2018 had a 350 lb harvest from the original grandmother tree! One of our favorite fresh eaters. Flesh is yellowish white, firm and crunchy, spicy flavored with a wonderful aroma - a marvelous mixture of nuts and orange. An excellent apple for dessert or cooking. Ripens in October at 2700', and keeps well into spring. The tree bears biennially but productively. Resistant to fireblight and scab.

The grandmother tree is a huge, very healthy specimen growing on an old mining claim in Goodyears Bar, Sierra County, CA. near the North Fork of the Yuba River @ 2700’. Now a sleepy, lightly populated hamlet, Goodyears was a rockin' placer and hard rock mining camp at the height of the Gold Rush, occupied by thousands of hard working, hard partying miners. Fortunately some of them planted fruit and nut trees, which have survived to this day! The owner of this tree, octogenarian Cy Rollins, is a walking/running encyclopedia of Sierra and Yuba County history, which we will share as time allows.

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