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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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Vanilla Ice Cream Apple

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Another unique and delicious find! This small, slightly crisp apple has a distinct sweet creamy vanilla flavor! It reminded us all of vanilla ice cream, and we decided quickly to propagate it. Since it is a new find we don't have all the details, but it was ripe Early September at 4500' and would probably ripen a bit earlier than that at a lower elevation and in full sun. It is certainly old but we are not sure if it is a gold rush planted tree or a seedling. The tree itself has grown very tall and skinny due to close competition amongst all the other trees around it.

This tree was found in Forest City, CA at 4500' where we have been introduced to a plethora of unique apple varieties dating to the Gold Rush. Every year Forest City has a small Apple Festival in October, and the town fires up the giant old Steam Powered Stamp Mill that was used to crush large rocks into finer pieces in order to pick out the gold. Apples love this this high elevation with high chill-hours.

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