Green Tourism Canada Certification

We applied for Green Tourism Canada Certification this winter. A branch of Green Tourism International, Green Tourism Canada promotes ecotourism by : • Encouraging tourist-oriented organizations to examine and improve their carbon footprint. • Helping eco-minded...

Surviving a Drought Year on Amherst Island

Most of our 41 summers farming on Amherst Island have been dry. The summers of 2008-2011 were a pleasant exception – no Islanders could remember 3 green summers in a row and 4 in a row still seem miraculous. For us, the driest summer was in 1988. We had to buy some...

Sheep Have Bad Press

    How many disparaging phrases have you heard about sheep?  “Led like sheep to the slaughter”; “The black sheep of the family”; “A wolf in sheep’s clothing”… “Not fair” says our shepherd Christopher, and we agree. Sheep’s instinct to herd is their...

Time to Recycle Old Farm Equipment

One of our survival secrets at Topsy Farms is that we don’t purchase new and efficient – and expensive – farm equipment. We make do and recycle the old. That translates to all the workers, but especially Christopher who has most machinery know-how, spending hours and...