Orchard

Our one-acre multi-layered orchard is still being established and filled in. This diverse collection includes many familiar perennial crops, as well as uncommon ones that are more experimental for our region. We’re planting with a changing climate in mind, focusing on bringing life and carbon back to our soils, and collecting hardy varieties with good drought tolerance and disease resistance on mostly full-size rootstocks. Many of our trees are multi-grafted so we can collect a broad assortment of cultivars on our small piece of land. Rather than having a large harvest all at once, the orchard is designed to produce a diversity of smaller crops over a long harvest window so as to feed our family and supply fruits and nuts to our neighbourhood farm stand .

What’s Growing

As of spring 2019, here’s some of what is in the orchard. Many of these varieties will be available for sale through our nursery in the coming years (see our Nursery page for current availability):

  • Korean Stone Pine
  • Buartnut
  • Butternut
  • Chestnut: American, Chinese, Japanese Hybrids
  • Northern Pecan
  • Heartnut: seedling, Calendar
  • English Walnut: Manregion, Cascade
  • Black Walnut
  • Yellowhorn
  • Northern Pecan
  • Almond, Russian Dwarf, Softshell, Papershell, Afgan
  • Hazelnut: Andrew, Carmela (both EFB resistant), Beaked, seedlings
  • Apples: Ida Red, Newtown Pippin, Ambrosia, Gale Gala, Esopus Spitzenberg, Hidden Rose, Liberty, Granniwinkle, Early Fuji, Red Gravenstein, Winter Banana, Mutsu, and many others…
  • Pears: Bartlett, Clapp’s Favourite, Orca, Sierra, Seckel, Red Bartlett, Winter Nellis, and others
  • Asian Pear: Meigetsu, Kosui, Hosui, seedling
  • Shipova
  • Peaches: Red Haven, Coral Star
  • Apricots: Tomcot, Goldrich, Sweetheart
  • Plums: Italian, Early Italian, Shiro, Satsuma, Transparent Gage
  • Mulberries: Black, Illinois Everbearing, White
  • Cherries: Angela, Rainier, Juliet, several sour prairie dwarf var.
  • Jujube (Chinese Date): Li, Lang
  • American Persimmon: Meader, Mohler
  • PawPaw: Pa Golden, Maria’s Joy, seedlings
  • Quince: Giant of Zagreb
  • Medlar, Nottingham, Royal
  • Elderberry, Wyldewood, Bob Gordon, Ranch, Sampo, Korsor and others
  • Plumcot: Spring Satin
  • Hardy Kiwi: Issai, Ken’s Red, Meader male, Anna, Cornell male, Red Princess, Dumbarton Oaks, and others
  • Grapes: Canadice, Himrod, Golden seedless
  • Fig: Olympian, Desert King, Chicago Hardy, Improved Celeste, Ronde de Bordeaux
  • Saskatoon: Northline, Martin, Smoky, prairie seedling, and local native
  • Raspberries: Eden, Boyne, Lloyd George, Fall Bliss, Fall Gold,
  • Thornless Blackberries: Chester, Hull, Triple Crown unnamed var.
  • Tayberry
  • Marionberry
  • Boysenberry, thornless and thorny
  • Goumi: Red Gem, seedlings
  • Black Cap Raspberry, wild
  • Strawberry, several var.
  • Currants, several var
  • Gooseberry, several var,
  • Jostaberry
  • Blueberry: Reka, Northland Blue, Northcountry, Duke, Stanley, Pink Lemonade
  • Huckleberry
  • Haskap, 4 cultivars
  • Goji, Phoenix Tears, Firecracker,
  • Sea Buckthorn (aka seaberry)
  • Basketry willow
  • Citron edible Daylily
  • Other trees: Sugar Maple, Linden, Thornless Honey Locust, willows, and more…
  • Stropharia rugosa (aka King Stropharia / Wine Cap mushrooms)
  • Plus many varieties of nutrient accumulators, flowers for beneficial insects, culinary and medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, and nitrogen-fixing ground covers