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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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American apple from the Hudson River Valley in New York, introduced to California by Gillet in 1884. Swaar means “heavy” in Dutch, and describes the dense medium to large, roundish fruit with green to deep yellow skin, shaded with bronze blush. Flesh is yellowish, firm, moderately tender, fine-grained, juicy, aromatic, and rich. A fine dessert variety that improves in flavor and texture after being in storage. Frequently rated the best of the heirloom apples. Used fresh, keeper, sauce, dried, juice and hard cider. Ripens in late October through November at 4200'. A biannual bearer, that can be made more annually consistent by thinning excess fruit early in the “on” year.

The mother trees grow wild in Alleghany, Sierra County, CA @ 4200’ on the Pliocene Ridge and in Humbug, Nevada County @ 3250’ on the San Juan Ridge. Alleghany was a famous hard rock gold mining town, still supporting the Sixteen to One Mine, the last of the old timers. Wild trees, more than a 100 years young are still thriving there and giving great fruit.

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