About The Green Barn Farm

GREEN BARN FARM is still open for business in 2021.

We are a small family farm fighting the battle against COVID infections like everyone else and thankful to be able to do so on our 70 acres of "paradise".

Many are deciding to garden more and even buy some land for "farming".

But farms in CANADA have less than 1% planted in fruit trees so our customers are few and far between.  A few COVID "home shut -ins" stumbled across our fruit tree nursery and actually bought a tree...... while other folks bought a piece of land away from the city chaos and want to add some food plants for less dependence on imported food.  Seems strange that we can produce all the toilet paper needed to supply "pandemic panic hoarders" from Canadian sources (Cascade company in Kingsey Falls, Quebec).......BUT.....we still had to import 95% of our fruit, nut and berries we consumed.  We have fertile farmland from coast to coast producing corn/soya but unfortunately these crops cannot feed the masses!  LUFA Farms in Montreal, Quebec just built (in 2020) the worlds largest rooftop food producing greenhouse( approx 4 acres) and they sell over 40,000 food baskets/week for 52 weeks/year...so we do know how to grow our own high tech food.... but "low tech" outdoor tree crops are almost non exsistent now! .Why?...I am sure you know the answer!

What COVID has exposed over past 10 months for me?

1) how dependent we have become on truckloads of food from the US and other foreign countries...a lot of Canadians relief money was spent buying foreign food that should have gone back into Canadian economy...think Canada would be wise to tax all imported food...and at the same time remove the tax on fruit trees. Seems ridiculous to put a 15% tax on a Honeycrisp apple tree grown and sold in Canada while a bag of Honeycrisp apples imported from USA gets 0% tax when sold here in Canada??? 

2) how all of our societies "controls" are deceptively self serving and totally uninterested in handling the needs of the people ...whether the legal system, medical system, financial system, educational system and worst of all are municipal/provincial/ federal governments.  We know that big businesses (like Amazon, Costco, FedEx, Pfizer, etc ) have profited immensely from COVID but we expect that from "them"...... but not our societies "building blocks" .

3) how the media " controls" the information for the masses so that our society does not crumble from the truth behind the scenes.

4) all minorities become marginalised when those in control decide how to solve the pandemic......from old people dying in "care-less facilities' to police ticketing "street people"  for no masks.

5) COVID pandemic has many positive stories to tell as well. For example we were handed the joy of caring for our one year old grandson to protect him from COVID virus exposure running rampant through schools and daycares here in Quebec. 

 

 

COVID pandemic has created a healthcare crisis and our best defense is a strong immune system.  So when buying your food at your local store you should want to choose the healthiest food possible.

To keep ourselves as healthy as we can....we need reliable and updated information about what we’re eating. The USDA( US Dept of Agriculture) has tested thousands of store samples of fruits and vegetables for unhealthy pesticide residues and the data was used by the EWG(Environment Working Group) to compile the list below. The healthiest produce is listed as the "CLEAN 12" and the unhealthiest is listed below as the "DIRTY DOZEN". CANADA has no interest in revealing what pesticide residues are in our food but we can get a lot of important information from the work done by the USA...and we do import and eat the same food as was tested by the USDA.

CLEAN 12: A list of 12 fruit and vegetables that have the negligible pesticide residue. These healthy fruit and vegetables are widely available and affordable.

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Pineapple
  4. Sweet corn
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Kiwi
  8. Cabbage
  9. Eggplant
  10. Watermelon
  11. Broccoli
  12. Cauliflower

DIRTY DOZEN: This contrasting list shows the 12 fruits and vegetables found with the highest concentration of pesticide contamination. It is important to note that all fruit and vegetables were washed thoroughly before testing for pesticide residues.  What pesticide that is left on these foods is the data used to compile the dirty dozen list . Many samples contained as many as 25 pesticide residues . Go to the EWG website for more info 

 


 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

 You may think that pesticides do not affect your health. After all, it’s only trace amounts. Most of the pesticides are gone by the time you eat the food, right?Wrong!!!

A French study tracking almost 70,000 participants, people who ate primarily organic food experienced cancer at a rate of 25% less than those who weren’t eating organic food....so BUY ORGANIC or GROW YOUR OWN ORGANIC  for the DIRTY DOZEN list of fruit and veggies.

Pesticides are also largely considered endocrine disruptors, which can go on to affect fertility, hormonal balances, gender presentation, and reproductive health in general.

Short of a system-wide change, the only way to track your body’s intake of chemicals versus nutrients is to stay educated, informed, and ever vigilant about what kind of food supply we’re giving our bodies. 

 

 

GREEN BARN FARM and CLIMATE CHANGE

Thanks to Greta Thunberg and others ... climate change was been given a front row seat since 2019. Our federal election in Nov 2019 revealed that most Canadians view climate change as someone else's problem and will certainly not relate it to their own carbon footprint. Responsibility for mitigating climate change falls into hands of government and the "solutions" they will force upon us. We hope that the planting of food bearing trees fits into the solution somewhere.Unfortunately the government "expertise" in this area is sadly lacking as is the research being done on climate mitigating tree species...thus when tree planting projects are done any old tree is used. Here at Green Barn Farm we have researched many different tree species and have found the efficacy of carbon sequestration varies greatly among species of trees. For example you would have to plant a 1000 conifer trees to get the same carbon capture as as ONE heartnut tree. Also the high protein walnuts can replace meat protein and thus adds more climate mitigation which conifers do not. However... environmentalists and climate change pundits who may have some influence on government policy are busy pushing their own agendas such as "ban the plastic straw" or "build expensive carbon capture machines". 

ETHIOPIANS just planted 350 million trees on JULY 29, 2109 as a government incentive to combat climate and environmental degradation and they will reach 4 billion trees planted in 2019.....scientists suggest we need to plant a trillion trees worldwide to beat back climate change...wonder if us Canadians will step up to the plate like Ethiopia and do our part? 

EWG just released the highest pesticide containing commercial fruit on March 20, 2019....the most dangerous pesticide levels were found in strawberries, nectarine/peaches, apples, grapes, pears and cherries. Maybe it is time you grew your own non sprayed fruit for this reason alone? Methyl Bromide, one of the many pesticides detected on strawberries is a horrible chemical and should not be allowed in our food.

ETHIOPIANS just planted 350 million trees on JULY 29, 2109 as a government incentive to combat climate and environmental degradation and they will reach 4 billion trees planted in a few months.....scientists suggest we need to plant a trillion trees worldwide to beat back climate change...wonder if us Canadians will step up to the plate like Ethiopia and do our part?

Green Barn owner Ken Taylor developed his appreciation of fruit orchards while "foraging" with 10 hungry siblings on his parents family farm. A high school scholarship led him to 8 years of city living while acquiring his science degrees. Longing for better tasting food than found in city supermarkets, he decided to purchase his own family farm with support and encouragement from his wife Lorraine.

A Family Affair

Ken and Lorraine worked together to grow healthy, tasty organic food for their own family while paying the bills with off farm careers. Since the 1980's they "pioneered" several farm business ventures including a CSA (community supported agriculture),  a certified organic farm food market, a seed company and a fruit tree nursery. Ken's science background led to many R&D projects, such as saving heritage genetics (Montreal melon, antique apples, etc) or breeding/selecting new fruit/veggie varieties better adapted to very extreme cold climates (-40 C). They were one of Canada's very first certified organic fruit farms and has since evolved into a more "wildlike" food forest. For more info watch our "Freedom Farming" video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beiGdcEOlYs
 

Today Canada is an agricultural disaster in that we must import over 95% of the fruit our Canadian consumers choose to eat. All this long distance, imported fruit comes with risks and has inferior taste to what we could grow in Canada. Unfortunately fruit farming in Canada has steadily declined over past 50 years to the point that it may never recover. With over 40 years of fruit growing, the Green Barn Farm now serves as a unconventional model that should inspire a new generation of forward thinking young farmers. 

https://www.smallfarmcanada.ca/features/permaculture-comes-of-age/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/cure-yourself-of-tree-blindness.html

The Taylor's many years of private fruit tree research has established their Green Barn Farm as the "epicentre" of new fruit tree varieties that are adapted to the colder climate regions of Canada. MULBERRIES, PAWPAWS, PERSIMMONS, MEDLARS, QUINCE, SHIPOVA, KIWIS, ASIAN PEARS, CHUMS, PLUMCOTS, WALNUTS and ALMONDS are but a few of their new cold hardy discoveries that can now be grown in Canada. These new Green Barn varieties are also resistant to many of the fruit diseases and pests that plague traditional fruit orchards, thus eliminating the need for chemical fungicides and pesticides. 


Canadian Acclimatized Trees

The Taylors propagate Green Barn fruit trees from their own cold-acclimatized mother trees, interstems and rootstocks. Thus farm orchards across Canada can be planted with custom designed trees that meet cold climate/soil/ grower requirements. If you want to grow fruit in the city, then trees can be tailored to meet those requirements as well.   

Once these "Taylor-made" fruit trees are cold acclimatized , they are then dug when dormant(asleep) and stored in cold rooms until planted by the fruit grower. Dormant "bare root" fruit trees make for easy transport and they handle transplant conditions much better than potted fruit trees.

We start shipping spring orders as soon as we can in late April and continue thru May and June.  We ship tropicals spring, summer and fall

We also ship some bare root tree orders in late Oct. once the trees are dormant again 

PICKUP orders can be arranged in spring and fall.

NO order is shipped without prepayment.

Contact ken@greenbarnnursery.ca  or 514 951-9757 for more info