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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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Wyken Pippin Apple

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Originating in the Netherlands in the late 18th century and once one of the worlds most popular apples. Did you know there were nearly 8,000 varieties of apples in North America?! These rounded and flattened fruits are small-medium, with a bright green to yellow skin. The creamy flesh is firm and fine in texture. Brisk and densely fruity. It’s delicious, juicy, sweet flavor and aromatic finish caught our attention and will surely get yours as well. Best for fresh eating. Ripens in September-October at 4100’. The tree will benefit from another variety to increase production.

The grandmother tree grows at Bucks Ranch, Nevada County, CA near Orleans Flat mining camp at 4100 feet on the San Juan Ridge overlooking the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. The Buck brothers homesteaded this property in the late 1870s, in part to provide fruit for the thriving mining camp and likely make hard cider. Buck's Ranch, a private property, still has more than 100 thriving ancient fruit and nut trees. Now cared for once again, they still receive no irrigation, spraying or fertilization, just occasional pruning, producing great crops, 140 years after they were planted!


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