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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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Twenty Ounce Monarch Apple (aka "Bigger Than A Babies Head")

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This extra large apple has crisp white flesh which does not brown when cut or stored. Its very high Vitamin C content keeps the apple from browning, even when cooked into applesauce. The largest fruit we have found has a 14" circumference! This tart apple mellows into succulent sweetness as it ripens in early September to October at 2500’ in partial shade, and keeps for about 2 months. Great for eating, juice and of course apple sauce. All the apples in the picture are from the same tree and show the range of size and shape.

This tree was offered to us by a hot air ballooning friend in Nevada City. The small grandmother tree grows in the forest of Banner Mountain and has been leaning heavily for many years. It is now propped up by a couple of sticks. Felix’s nursery was located in this historic mining town, less than 2 miles from this tree. Nevada City was a bustling place in the late 1800s, and known as the Queen of the Northern Mines. Felix grew many of the trees still thriving in and around Nevada City and contributed significantly to the extensive agriculture of the area that fed the miners.

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