Who We Are
TapRoot Farms is able to grow food because of the many hands who come each year to turn the soil, plant the seeds, weed the fields, harvest the crops and prepare the crops for sale and delivery. Caring for our earth is our priority.
Josh Oulton & Patricia Bishop
Josh Oulton grew up in Windsor, Nova Scotia working alongside his Oulton and Cunningham Grandfathers on their farms. At a very early age Josh knew he would be a farmer. He started working part-time in his teenage years on a local dairy farm and continued his work on dairy farms until after graduating college. Josh attended the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in Truro, now called Dalhousie Agriculture. After many fun filled life and work adventures Josh found the farm.
Patricia Bishop grew up in Greenwich, Nova Scotia living and working on her families multigenerational farm, Noggins Corner Farm. Patricia had no idea what she wanted to do exactly but a focus on the environment was important to her. She worked on the family farm throughout her youth. She attended the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in Truro completing a Bachelor of science degree in environmental biology. She then completed her Bachelor of Education at Acadia University. After a few life and work adventures Patricia joined Josh on what began their farming life journey.
Our Early Years Time Line
Josh and Trish met at NSAC (true love from day one)
Josh and Trish got married (easy to remember how many years we’ve been married)
First child is born (Izaak)
Purchased 451 Canard Street at first called ‘Josh’s Farm’ 144 acres (no home so living with Patricia’s sister)
Second child is born (Lily)
Third child is born (Frank)
Host a farm naming parting, no name works for us. We have an ‘ah ha’ moment and decide on TapRoot Farms after Josh returns from a soil health conference where the role of the taproot is spoken of frequently.
Launch the CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). April is our first delivery.
Create TapRoot Farms Inc. No more “Josh’s farm”. We begin slowly and carefully transitioning all of our farm to certified organic production.
Deeply appreciating food, people and planet.
Over the years Josh and Patricia have been involved in many associations and activities that work to support their learning and the farms evolution including: Kings County Federation of Agriculture, Farm Land Trust, Nova Scotia Agriculture Land Review, Municipal Councillor, ACORN, Horticulture NS, Farmers Helping Farmers, Nuffield Canada.
Our farm has welcomed many people who have all shaped TapRoot Farms. Our farm employs people who live in Nova Scotia, people who come here to work from Newfoundland and people who come here to work from Jamaica.
What We Grow
We grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit, raise animals for meat and fibre.
Apples, Jersey MacIntosh
Apples, Ginger Gold
Apples, Paula Red
Apples, a few trees of other varieties
Kale, Green Curly
Lettuce, Green Leaf
Lettuce, Red Leaf
Peas, Regular Pod
Radish, Spanish Black
Squash, Sweet dumpling
Our Food Locations
Our family farm has four retail outlets. They have been very supportive of TapRoot and of many other local Nova Scotia farmers in their stores.
Other Retail Outlets
Sobey’s when they order (ask at Sobey’s stores for TapRoot veggies)
We also have a seasonal farm stand open 7 days a week from 8 – 8 Seasonally at the farm: 1736 Church Street, Port Williams
Directions to TapRoot Farms
If you would like to make weekly orders for your restaurant of local business, we offer a wholesale price list for customers who are interested in becoming regular customers. To receive our weekly wholesale price list please contact us.
The most impactful for us if for people to join our CSA. This means a direct relationship with the farm, and a long term commitment for each of us.