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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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Smith's Cider Apple

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This is a famous cider variety that also makes a delicious fresh eating apple. Developed in the 1800s Pennsylvania, this apple has a sweet to sweet-sharp flavor profile, with a nice hint of honey. The medium to large roundish fruit has thin, smooth and glossy skin, bright, pale yellow, shaded with pinkish-red. The white flesh is firm, crisp, tender, juicy, subacid, aromatic and sprightly. Ripens in October through December. Not a long keeper. Vigorous tree, bears young and is highly productive. True to its name, it is a good juice and cider apple.

Our now feral grandmother tree grows in a very old homestead mixed orchard in the old mining town of Pike City, Sierra County, CA @ 3500’. Pike was a bustling mining and logging town in the late 1800s. The trees have outlived the structures, as there is no trace of them still visible. We have discovered numerous new-to-us varieties in Pike, that we will be introducing over the next few season.

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