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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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White Tartarian

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This French variety is from the early 1800s. Felix began selling them in 1882. The luscious fruit is medium size, roundish with a long stem. The skin is transparent, pale yellow to translucent, with amber on the sun-exposed cheek. Flesh is whitish–yellow, tender, juicy, pleasant, brisk, sub acid, becoming floral sweet. Good quality. This is a unique variety and a conversation starter. An original variety, previously used to make Maraschino cherries. Ripens in July at 2700'. Large, vigorous and productive tree. Very resistant to bird feeding.

The grandmother tree is a very healthy, hundred plus-year-old, semi-wild, non-pruned beauty, growing at the old St. Charles stage stop in Goodyears Bar, Sierra County, along the banks of the North Fork of the Yuba River at 2700'. Goodyears Bar is the site of one of the original gold strikes on the Yuba River, and it hosted hundreds of miners who drank heartily at the bars. Now, Goodyears Bar is as quiet as can be and still sporting dozens of Felix Gillet's heirloom trees.


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