Nurture Orphan Lambs at Topsy Farms

Topsy Farms invites people, young and old, to help nurture orphan lambs at our farm on Amherst Island. We will have over 1000 lambs born in May and early June in the neighbouring pastures. You and your family are welcomed to watch from the road, the bonding between...

Topsy Farms Invites you to Come to Us on Amherst Island

Why visit Amherst Island? There are lots of places to stay, to feast, to laugh, to walk or bike or sail, and there are harbours for your boat or for your soul. Topsy Farms invites you to come. What To Do On Amherst Island? Come to Topsy Farms. It is a large sheep farm...

Family Outing to Topsy Farms

Come celebrate spring with a family outing to Topsy Farms. We are on Amherst Island near Kingston – take a ferry ride to arrive at a vital community and a thriving rural adventure-filled farm. Following the rhythms of the season, our sheep were bred during the...

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 sleep? cool in summer, warm in winter hypoallergenic; chemical-free natural resilience gives cushiony comfort It has...

Wool Products at Topsy Farms – The Wool Shed

The Wool Shed at Topsy Farms is our at home outlet store for beautiful pure wool and sheepskin products. It hasn’t always been so. It appears to be just a scruffy farm outbuilding, built far too close to the road by today’s standards. However you...

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 day at the barn, one of our Topsy farmers encourages the sheep up a ramp to the upstairs shearing area, where...

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 warm community, with an ‘old-fashioned’ feeling of people mutually supportive and closely interacting....

Needle Felting Kits

 Now available: Needle Felting Kits . . . Each Needle Felting Kit Includes: 1.5 ounces of washed and carded wool, natural white and dark grey 2 – 38 gauge triangular needles 1 high density foam pad 1 wooden skewer  ...

Introduction to Needle Felting

Introduction to Needle Felting Topsy Farms, outside the Wool Shed 14775 Front Road, Amherst Island, ON Sat. Aug. 23 10:15 am -11:45 am $20 adults, $15 teens (10 year old minimum – the needles are very sharp) Needle felting uses a barbed needle which causes wool...

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 reasons. Triplets may be born, and the ewe may have only enough milk for two. The ewe might seek shelter in a storm,...

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, on an Island. Not the ideal location one might think, for drive-by traffic. We’ve been, as one customer said...

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 tell us whether the breeding action was affected. We suspect the rams’ footing might have been dicey.  Otherwise, the...

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 breeding cycle to start again. All species yearn to procreate.   Shepherds just learn to manage that urge.  We want each...

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. Sometimes we do that on a fairly large scale.  Our men were offered the job of taking down the two story grain...

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, the concrete foundation at the N-W corner has shifted outwards because of inadequate weight-bearing base and...

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 1100 ewes.  Despite very regular checking of the 6 groupings of birthing ewes, perfect parenting does not always occur....

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 best females to be put to the rams in December.  However, we know not all of them have been bred.  We want to...