About The Green Barn Farm

GREEN BARN FARM is still open for business in 2019 contrary to what GOOGLE is saying...guessing they do not like the fact that we do not want to join their Google business network which publishes hate reviews from fictitious customers.  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 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.

Here is an actual GOOGLE review from a real 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."

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.

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.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 fall. NO order is shipped without prepayment.

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