Events at Green Barn Farm - 2018
FRUIT - Planting & Propagation workshops Saturday April 28, 2018 ....Cost $100/workshop
WORKSHOP # 1 - PLANTING FRUIT....Who, What, When, Where, Why?
We get frequent requests for "on site" consulting but suggest that anyone who is planning a farm orchard or a backyard fruitscape should first come to this 3 hr workshop and ask all your questions (9-12 noon). We discuss small farm orchards, permaculture orchards, food forests, agroforestry and city or urban fruitscapes.. 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 no sprays. We also explain how to choose varieties to match your soil and climate conditions.
WORKSHOP #2 - PROPAGATING FRUIT....using seeds-cuttings-grafting-layers-etc
The afternoon propagation session (1-4 pm) will show how you can use fruit seeds/cuttings/scions/buds to propagate your own plants. We will have propagation materials available ...seeds,cuttings, scions, buds, grafting tape,rootstocks, etc.....so you can actually propagate your own fruit at the workshop ...and take it home to plant.
REGISTER online in Apples section of our shopping cart...under A Workshop
FARM TOURS - Saturday Oct 20, 2018
- TOUR #1 AM is 2 hrs (10 - 12)...Cost $50... apples, pears, grapes, cherries, plumcots, nuts, etc
- TOUR #2 PM is 2 hrs (2 - 4)...Cost $50...pawpaw, persimmon, medlar, quince, banana, etc
- see Farm Tour in Berries Section to register online
Green Barn Farm evolved from a traditional fruit orchard(1974) into a diverse food production system…. a system that is self sustaining with little or no inputs from us(freedom farming?). We do not spray, irrigate, fertilize, prune or pamper our trees as natural systems are in control and "Mother Nature" decides what lives and what dies. 40 years of trial and error has left us with a diversity of fruit, nut and berry plants that survive our climate extremes of bitter cold - 40 C winters and +40 C hot, humid summers. Experience has taught us 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. We do grow all our crops using organic methods and have found that selecting the right varieties(or genetics)........is the most important factor for fruit growing success.
Our farm tour should inspire both city and farm folk alike who may be looking beyond the usual fruit growing. During the guided tour we provide fruit samples for tasting…no renegade picking allowed!
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.