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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. 


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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Ridge Road Cherry

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This beautiful, cherry-red fruit is the best cherry that we have found in Nevada City or Grass Valley. It darkens to a blackish purple when fully ripe. Medium sized with a sweet cherry-berry flavor. Depending on the year, it ripens from early to late July at 2800'. The mother tree has been producing regularly for over 100 years!

This large grandmother tree resided on a small homestead in Grass Valley, CA. Unfortunately the tree died in 2016, likely due to the drought, but we have preserved it for future generations! This is why our work is so important. Grass Valley, sister to Nevada City, was a thriving mining town with numerous, hard-rock mines, including the Empire State Historic Mine. Once the home of Lola Montez, creator of the scandalous Spider Dance. Also, one of our all-time heros, Lyman Gilmore, the real inventor of the airplane.

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