Eco-Education

Workshops/Conferences

The Green Barn holds seminars and workshops at our farm or on the road in places like Ottawa, Kelowna or Halifax. Click on Ottawa link below for May 21, 2016 event http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/growing-great-fruit-propagation-workshop-tickets-22087152267
To find out about holding workshop event at your location please call 514 951-9757 or contact us. 

Events at Green Barn Farm - 2017

1) Workshop AA - Orchard Design & Propagation                                                 Saturday April 29, 2017 ....Cost $200

We get frequent requests for consulting but suggest that anyone who is planning an orchard( fruit, nuts and berries) ...come to our 3 hr orchard design workshop and ask all your questions (9-12 noon). We will discuss traditional orchards, permaculture multicrop orchards, forest polycultures, row cropping between orchard trees( agroforestry)....and .... even if you are planning to start fruit growing in your backyard this workshop will help with your decisions. We will explain how to choose the varieties(genetics) that can be grown organically with minimal work( no sprays). We also explain how to choose varieties to match your soil and climate conditions  

The afternoon session (1-4 pm) will show how you can use fruit seeds/cuttings/scions/buds to propagate your own orchard. We will have propagation materials available ( seeds, cuttings, scions, buds, grafting tape, etc). Also a few unusual fruit trees/shrubs/vines are auctioned off at end of day.    

Cost of full day workshop is $200  see AA Workshop in Apples section of website to register online

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2) A  FARM TOUR  

-  Saturday Oct 21, 2017

-  3 hrs (9 am - 12).....Cost $200

-  3 hrs (2 - 5 pm).....free consultation

-  see BB Tour in Berries Section to register online 

Visit our Green Barn Farm and learn how we evolved from a monoculture fruit orchard(1974) into our present “freedom farm” food plantation…. which has eliminated most inputs(chemical, human or otherwise).  We do not spray, irrigate, NPK fertilize, prune or pamper our trees….........natural systems are in control and "Mother Nature" decides what lives and what dies. Over the past 40 years we have planted an incredible diversity of fruit, nut and berry plants to test our climate extremes of  bitter cold - 40 C winters and +40 C hot, humid summers. We know now which plant varieties survive our farm's weather extremes of heat, cold, drought, rain and wind. Also by observing how our plants handle the different growing areas on our farm …. heavy clay, dry sand, wet ditches, deep shade, blazing sun, winter winds, etc…we are now able to help other fruit growers to choose varieties more suited to their specific local soil and weather conditions. Yes we do grow all our crops using organic Permaculture principles but we find that selecting the right varieties(or genetics)........is the most important factor for fruit growing success. Our TnT farm tour can inspire those who may be looking beyond monoculture fruit growing…both urban and country folks passionate about growing healthy food diversity without compromising their ecological principles.  During the guided tour of our farm we provide a few fruit samples for tasting…no renegade picking allowed!

FREE CONSULTATION...... from 2-5 we will help those planning an order for fall 2017 or spring 2018.

Past Events 

Here's a video of our farm tour of 2014; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beiGdcEOlYs

Guelph Organic Conference Jan 2014.

Ken Taylor presented two full 3-hour workshops at the conference. Download the content from the Guelph Organic Conference website

Eco Farm Day 2014

On February 22nd 2014, Ken Taylor was a speaker at the Canadian Organic Growers Eco Farm Day 2014. He discussed the advantages and challenges of agroforestry, as well as the genetic characteristics that farmers should look for in fruit trees to be used in the harsh Canadian climate.Read more about Eco Farm Day 2014 here.