About The Green Barn Farm

GREEN BARN FARM 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(2018) Canada is an agricultural disaster in that we must import over 90% of the fruit our 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