Going for a walk

November 9th was positively balmy. Ian left on the 7 am ferry, headed for Queen’s University Farmer’s Market. Don was watching the weather reports before heading out to do chores; Christopher was dealing with Ontario Sheep Marketing business. I went for a walk with my...

Caretakers of our land

At Topsy Farms, we are caretakers of our land. We work in many small ways to save resources and protect animals, people and the environment. You’ve already heard the story of changing tractor tires, and of our old Allis-Chalmers tractor, rebuilt from many scrounged...

Gardening

Putting seeds in good soil and watching them grow is deeply satisfying to me. Any day when I have soil under my nails and earth stains on the knees of my pants is a good day. Our part of Amherst Island is primarily limestone and rock-hard clay soil, requiring a great...

Grain feeder

Don, building the grain feeder he designed for the lambs, to feed with easier access and greater efficiency and way less spillage. Sorry...

Need Flexibility – No Predictable Days on the Farm

Farmers need flexibility. They plan constantly, but a tree limb down on a fence, an unpredicted brief rain, a tractor breakdown, An Emergency First Response call for Jacob, will put crimps in what appeared to be a clear plan for a day. Take a recent day for example;...