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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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Reinette Lonque

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This French heirloom dates from 1830. Felix had it in his catalog in 1877. The conical fruits are medium to large, with bright yellowish green skin and the greenish white flesh is firm and rather course with a sweet, subacid, slightly aromatic flavor. This variety ripens in summer, August to September. Fruits with the best flavor are eaten soon after picking. Does not store long. A preferred variety for dessert and early season juice and cider.

The feral, as yet unpruned, mother tree grows near Rock Creek outside Nevada City, Nevada County @2500’, on a large 1800’s homestead being renovated by a young farmer, about 3 miles from Gillet’s Barren Hill Nursery. Nevada City was a bustling place in the late 1800’s, the Queen of the Northern Mines, with much agriculture to feed the miners. We have found many Felix trees in this community, likely due to nearly 100 years of continuous nursery operation. Felix grew many of the trees and vines still thriving in and around Nevada City.

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