Farm to Table/Stone to Wall
Dry Stone Canada is pleased to announce that we are going back to Amherst Island for this years festival. Our host is Topsy Farm, a long established sheep farm well known for their quality sheep (especially the wool!). Using stone collected from farms and fields on the island, we will be building a wall near the barn, along the entrance to the farm.
The general theme of the event is about the roots of dry stone walling: building walls to support farming and to celebrate the interconnection between local food and farmers.
And, as is the case on Amherst Island, much of the community will be involved:
- accommodations will be available from many of the island residents
- food (local produce) will be served at the island’s Back Kitchen
- events will be held at The Lodge (Dry Stone Canada’s unofficial home base)
More details will come as arrangements are finalized but what we can tell you is this:
Special Guests will include:
- Sunny Wieler, waller, sculptor, and former President of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland (DSWAI)
- David Wilson, artist – designer – waller – maker
- Brendan Stewart, Ontario Landscape Architect, University of Guelph
Wallers from far and wide will come together to build this wall, and it will also be a workshop for those wishing to learn about the trade. Those enrolled in the workshop will work alongside seasoned wallers.
The Topsy Farm Vibe
Topsy Farms wool comes from a well-cared for flock of over 1100 breeding sheep that are protected from predators by large white guardian dogs and a predator resistant fence around the home farm. Developed through careful breeding, the flock grazes on tree-shaded pastures of Amherst Island at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
For more information contact Jacob Murray jacob@topsy farms.com