About The Green Barn Farm

GREEN BARN FARM is still open for business in 2020. We are a small farm and use the internet to enable Canadians to access our unique fruit varieties that they cannot find locally. Falsified internet information like fake news is so abundant that we would prefer not to be on the internet at all..... but today it is the only option for a small farm business like ours.

AND to the nasty people who mouth off to me this time of year please read this Google business review from June 2, 2020

I'm a repeat buyer since 2015, bought apples, cherries, blueberries, pomegranate, lots of berries, moringa, etc. I bought their everlasting mulberry and it's the best tasting and most productive mulberry I've ever seen. Love their amazing fruit tree selection, for example their Wonder Red apple I think is impossible to find, same for Moringa. Try to find Moringa plants elsewhere in Canada. I've picked up my orders each time. I'm used to order trees that are bareroot, so it's no surprise that they have no leaves. It's actually a common practice in tree nurseries in Canada. I can't believe the negative reviews for this reason, these reviewers visibly do not order trees routinely. I suspect they also do not routinely plant bareroot trees either. I never lost a single tree from Green barn. It's a small family run business, busy but pleasant mannered and if you want trees for Quebec climate that also taste amazing, this is it. This is my first go-to nursery and I order from several in Quebec and Ontario

CORONA VIRUS pandemic has created a health crisis and the best defense within our control is a strong immune system.  So when buying your food at the local store you might want to choose the healthiest food available.

As responsible citizens, it’s our duty to keep ourselves as healthy as we can be. To do that, 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".

CLEAN 12: A list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the lowest concentration of pesticide contamination. These are considered the “safest” fruits and vegetables to purchase and eat this year.

  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: The contrasting list shows the 12 fruits and vegetables found with the highest concentration of pesticide contamination. These fruits and vegetables represent the least safe to purchase and eat this year. It’s also important to note that the EWG’s determination is made after washing the fruits and vegetables – they’re testing for pesticide residues that’s left on these foods even after washing. 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.

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. 

 

Here is GOOGLE review from Green Barn customer on JUNE 19, 2019

"I ordered an avocado tree and lemon tree. The trees were beautiful, they had no bugs, and were in great shape. I think I was the last person to pick up this season, and therefore the last to pick my trees...this didn't really matter. The trees were the size I ordered and were in great condition. Ken gave me super helpful advice for each tree, including the type of soil it should have, how to stress the trees to get them to fruit earlier and a whole lot of green/organic care techniques. He's an all around nice guy. I ordered online and then picked up my trees. This worked well, it was nice to see the farm. It truly is a small family-run business, the person answering your phone is the person caring for the trees. I admit when I read the bad reviews online I was a little worried. I am glad the complaints were baseless. I think people are just used to big corporations. Trees as expected, can't be delivered in winter, you pick them up in the spring. There are things like spring floods etc. that may hinder you from going the weekend you want to, email ahead to learn of the conditions. I found the best way to reach them was by email. They may be in the field when you call, but if you email they are quick to respond. I will definitely be ordering my next set of trees here, Ken gave me great advice on other varieties I can grow indoors."

GREEN BARN FARM and CLIMATE CHANGE

Thanks to Greta Thunberg climate change was given a front row seat in 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(2019) Canada is an agricultural disaster in that we must import over 90% 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 Taylor's 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 also ship tropicals during summer and we do ship some bare root tree orders in late Oct. 

PICKUP orders in fall 2019 can be arranged for saturdays 10-5 from Oct 5 to Nov 2

NO order is shipped without prepayment.

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