鈾ワ笍 馃崄鈾ワ笍 Eco-ethical sheep farm founded by hippies in '72. We believe in harmony with the land, animals, & people. #ConnectToTheLand #WinterMakesWool #TopsyFarms

Amherst Island, ON, Canada
Joined July 2011
A Farm's #Catch22* This is the #Headlands The very western end of #AmherstIsland Part of the land we're trying to save. A developer's dream. Like so many farms, & holders of crypto, we are wealthy in theory. Profiting only when the land is sold - #Catch22 We have...1/8
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beautiful #forests that make us no money as standing trees; only returning a cash payment if cut down as lumber - Catch-22 We would love to build you cabins in the woods, but firecode restrictions hold no overnight stays without road access - Catch-22 We would love to...2/8
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build a year-round, heated, accessible washroom, but the cost is completely out of reach - there are also restrictions on how many concurrent days you can have a portaloo - Catch-22 Farms are held back by regulations and kept afloat by assistance programs - Catch-22...3/8
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For a farm, it's like driving on a highway, the road is open. The vehicle can go far & fast as but there are two transport trucks trying to pass each other going up a hill. You are stuck in place. Topsy, is in a unique position. The hippies and founding shareholders worked...4/8
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long hours, for little pay. They bought used equipment & maintained it well. They spent decades building a trusted reputation with an honourable track record. That good reputation combined with our particular ethics and origin story has become the #TopsyFarms' brand...5/8
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None of our founders were independently wealthy, most kept other jobs to supplement income: school bus driver, road engineer, property manager, land surveyor, home inspector & lots more - current farm employees/ owners still do this. In the past, Topsy offered many...6/8
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services including roofing, tree trimming and demolition; soon we'll tell the story of #TurveyConstruction, the side business that kept the farm alive in the 70's and 80's. We, the new generation, owe them everything. We could not start this from scratch. It would be...7/8
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impossible. Regular people cannot buy 400 acres, with waterfront today This is Topsy Farms, Season 4. Follow as we find ways around those transports. Watch as we blaze our own trail; as we ask no permission to simply do things that we know to be right. Thanks for following 8/8
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Hi, my name is Willow. I am a 4 year old #Highland coo. I am also an introvert. My gregarious, red-headed, life partner Cedar is the outgoing one. Cedar & I live at #TopsyFarms on #AmherstIsland. It is a good life. We clean up behind the sheep flock - there are plenty of ...1/8
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delicious grasses left behind after the wooly-windbags move through. Everyone on the farm has a job - for Cedar & I, that job is to stand around & look pretty. Cedar LOVES her job - all hail Queen Cedar of the Barnyard. She'll preen & pose all day long. I prefer to hang...2/8
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back. I am uncomfortable with attention. It just takes me a bit longer to warm up... Do you know what this feels like? Sometimes introverts are mischaracterized as rude, I don't mean to be rude I am just shy. It takes a great deal of courage for shy people to put themselves...3/8
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out there; to strut & fret our hours. Things haven't slowed down here at the farm: April shearing flows into lambing which flows into haying. The farmers have been giving it their all. They have some exciting news to share with you folks I'm allowed to tease it a little bit...4/8
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The farm tour app will soon be ready. There is to be some sort of auction/ contest with a shiny prize. There are #blankets coming into the shop soon. We have a whole new plan for our blankets so that we aren't always "sold out" of the favourites. There is a new shirt design...5/8
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in the #WoolShed which we are very fond of. For visitors, #SallysGarden is coming along very well, the skipping stone beach is picnic-ready & the forest trails are open. We'll soon have a fun activity in partnership with our friends from @bluemarble_ON We have been offered...6/8
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a donation from our friends @lafarge_canada to pay the bussing costs for a handful of schools that can't otherwise afford a field trip (send a private message if you know a deserving school or teacher). If you are a farm or homestead & if you are planning to purchase some...7/8
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Sometimes #lambs get lost out in the fields. They come to the farmer asking for help. "Please, help me". Most of the time we can find their mom - sometimes we cannot. We love our sheep. We take care of them. facebook.com/TopsyFarms/vide鈥 In return they offer us their winter coats...1/3
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that we may use for wool blankets & yarn. Weavers, knitters, crochet(ers), & fiber artists of all threads LOVE Topsy yarn for many reasons. Truck around & find out. Or, order online. Thank you to our good friend John Wort Hannam for allowing us the use of his music...2/3
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journal more about the actual process of hay making, but that can wait for another day. The equipment needs to be serviced and a full day of baling awaits. Thank you for following our journey. Thank you for helping us to keep the farm land as a farm. 6/6
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