Farm Stories

Moving The Old Ice House

The Ice House history is an interesting one. Before electricity came to the Island during WWII, farmers who milked cows had a dilemma. They had to ...

The Infamous History of Topsy Farms

Alice, Bill, David, Ian and Randi purchased the farm on the northwest corner of Amherst Island on December 31st, 1971. Seeking a different lifestyl...

Dry Stone Wall

Topsy Farms wanted a dry stone wall, so we invited Dry Stone Canada to hold its annual festival here on the farm this past September. The plan: to ...

Farm Volunteers

Farm volunteers make a huge difference in the workload at Topsy Farms. This is particularly so during the lambing season, when we welcome so many v...

Bee Keeping

My first memory of bee keeping is hazy. Here’s my father pulling a frame from a brood box perhaps in 1948 – the year that we left our farm in PEI. ...

Old Granary Transformed

This is the story of how an old granary transformed into our shearing floor – recycling on a grand scale. In the late ‘80’s, our rapidly growing sh...

Adoptive Parents of Topsy Foster Lambs

What folks become adoptive parents for our vulnerable babies – and what does that mean? We birth a large number of lambs on pasture every year (nea...

Tractor Fire

We had a tractor fire in one of our old Allis-Chalmers, but we were lucky. We narrowly missed burning down our workshop. A huge cloud of smoke, the...

Snowy Owls

About 25 Snowy Owls are on Amherst Island, mid-January, 2018. You will find a Snowy Owl by open fields, sometimes on the ground; other times perche...

Back Home

There is a healthy trend here of people moving back home to Amherst Island. Many have come back home to raise their families. Twelve young adults o...

Weather Extremes Impact Farming

  Increasing weather extremes are having a major impact on our sheep farm, and farms world-wide. This era of increasing mono-culture, single crop p...

Ram Lambs Intact?

At a farm meeting, our head shepherd Christopher asked “should we keep our ram lambs intact”? We had already started raising a small group of Suffo...