Farm Stories

Wool Bedding Promotes Sleep

Sleeping on wool bedding, cotton-covered, is as close to sleeping on a cloud as you’re ever likely to experience. Why does wool bedding help you sl...

Pure Wool Yarn – Recounting Its Journey

There is an adventurous path that pure wool travels, from the sheeps’ backs to a knitter’s hands and needles. Many hands are involved. On shearing ...

Great Outing to Amherst Island – Day or Weekend

There are so many reasons why people enjoy a great outing to Amherst Island. It’s beautiful, with bountiful nature and water on all sides. It is a ...

Family Outings to Visit Lambs

I’m writing with a shivering lamb on my lap. Soon he will be one of the gang for family outings to visit lambs. A lamb can lose its mama for many r...

Natural Wool Products Go Travelling

Our Wool Shed which sells natural wool products is in a small, gently aging ice house/milk house. It is almost at the end of a dead-end gravel road...

Wool is Warm and Waterproof – ask a Sheep

Fortunately wool is warm and waterproof. The December ice storm descended on the second day of breeding season.  The lamb count next spring will te...

Creating Yummy Lamb

  This time of year is dominated by two activities on a sheep farm:  keeping track of the readiness of each lamb to go to market, and preparing the...

Reuse – or Rediculous

Our parents were kids during the Depression, and the examples they set fit right in to today’s philosophy of recycle and reuse and don’t waste. Som...

Barn Repair

The barn at Topsy Farms was built in three stages, starting a long time ago with the most recent work done in the 50’s.  Over the past half century...

Lambing and a Foster Lamb then more

Lambing this year resulted in a foster lamb then lots more. At Topsy Farms, our official count was 1457 lambs, born in May and early June to about ...

Pregnancy Testing

We did pregnancy testing for our ‘ewe lambs’, those who were born May, 2012. Among the approximately 1400 lambs born last spring, we chose the 300 ...

Jake’s Dilemma: Finding Life’s Balance on a Farm

I was asked what I’d do if I won the lottery. The answer came readily – I would find life’s balance by continuing to live and work at Topsy Farms. ...