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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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Striped Gilliflower Apple

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English heirloom from the early 1800s. The showy fruit is large to very large with yellowish white skin, striped and splashed with bright red. The flesh is yellowish white, juicy, crisp with brisk sub acid and good flavor. Great for fresh eating and juice. Very good for sauce and dried fruit. It has a unique 'sheep snout’ shape. Ripens November through January and even later at 4500 feet. Great resistance to late frosts and rains, and bears crops in all types of weather. We went out to collect scions in December and found fruit, still in good shape, on the tree. Moderate resistance to fireblight, scab and codling moth.

The completely wild grandmother tree grows in the overgrown brush and shadows of the cedar trees of Forest City in Sierra County, CA. Forest was a very productive gold mining camp beginning in 1852. Once known as "Forks of Oregon Creek", the town prospered and over 1000 individuals called Forest City home, with a new schoolhouse, newspaper, 4 hotels, 10 saloons, a brewery, dance hall, dairy, jail, firehouse, and general store. Fire hit in 1883 and destroyed 82 buildings. The fire occurred at the same time the Bald Mountain Mine began to play out, thus marking the decline of Forest City. The remaining town is full of antique pears, apples and cherries that we will be introducing over the next several years. Apples are particularly productive and long-lived at this 4500’ site.

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