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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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Yorkville - Jonathan

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This 1864 American variety is widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. The fine textured creamy yellow flesh has a crisp bite, lots of juice, mildly sweet with a tart tang and subtle hints of spice. Used cooked or raw in sweet and savory preparations. Medium round fruit is covered in a thin red skin, blushed with yellow to green undertones. The heavy cropping tree is a precocious and productive tree in all apple-growing regions. Ripens in October on the mother tree at 900'. Thought to be a seedling of Esopsus Spitzenburg. It is partially self fertile, but will set larger crops when pollinated by Lady, Macoun, Newtown Pippin, or Pearmain.

The mother tree is growing in an early 20th century dry farmed orchard in Yorkville, Mendocino County, our first offering from that part of California. Yorkville is in the hills southwest of Hopland, at an elevation of 922’. The Yorkville post office opened in 1868. We will be introducing other apples from this orchard in future years.

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