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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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Willow Apple

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The Willow apple is an early, very large, beautiful Apple. The fruit is sweet and strongly tart, similar to a Granny Smith, but better. Great to eat fresh, in pie or juiced. The crisp white flesh is crunchy, juicy and filling. It's yellow skin has strong, red striping, with a very strong and heavy russet surrounding and radiating from the cavity. The tart flavor mellows after 1 week in storage and becomes a bit more sweet. The Willow is a short keeper, gets mushy after two weeks but still makes good juice. The tree has been a consistent heavy bearer with no human care. Likely needs other varieties of apples for complete pollination. Ripens in August at 2500’.

The grandmother tree was one of 4 left standing in a dry farmed meadow outside of Nevada City, Nevada County, CA. Sadly, the trees were bull dozed this year to make room for development. We all cried to discover them fallen. Felix’s nursery was located in this historic mining town, less than 2 miles from the trees were. Nevada City was a bustling place in the late 1800s, the Queen of the Northern Mines, once the capitol of the Terriory of Nevada, with much agriculture to feed the miners. Felix grew many of the trees still thriving in and around Nevada City.

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