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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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Wright's Keeper Apple

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Wright's Keeper is a medium-small, August ripening apple with crisp, white, flavorful flesh and a slight tart, candy-like flavor. There is beautiful red striping down a yellow background. The cavity is slightly russeted and the base is broad. Harvested and best for eating in August to early September at 2500', they will keep in un-refrigerated but cool storage well into December. Great for eating out of hand, apple sauce and cider. Perfect size for the kid's lunchbox.

The lightly tended mother tree grows at 2500' in the historic mining town of Nevada City, Nevada County, CA. The site has numerous Gillet era trees and is located less than a mile from Felix's Barren Hill Nursery on Aristocracy Hill. Nevada City, also known asThe Queen of the Northern Mines, was the most active mining town in the most active mining area in the world at that time. Many famous people lived in Nevada City, and it was renowned for its support of the arts and entertainment, a tradition which continues to this day.

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