Workshop Alert: Humane and Organic Care of Sheep at the Guelph Organic Conference

JANUARY 27, 2018 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Guelph Organic Conference

The presentation will focus on the cost-effective relationship between organic methods and problem prevention.

Topics will include:

  • techniques to strengthen the sheep immune system
  • control of parasites
  • lambing assistance
  • the judicious use anti-biotics
  • veterinary intervention
  • an underlying theme is the humane treatment of sheep

From birth to transportation to the abattoir, the balance between animal-care costs and humane treatment needs to be clearly articulated.

Sheep Farming Collage St. Isodore Farm

This workshop will be of interest to small and large sheep producers as well as non-farmers interested in organic food and fibre production.

Kate Michalska at St. Isodore Farm


Kate MichalskaKate Michalska, St.Isodore Farm

Upper Canada Fibreshed Producer Member

Kate Michalska and her husband have raised Lincoln Longwools for 20 years at St. Isidore Farm, 150 acres of forest and 54 acres of arable land northwest of Kingston, Ontario.

To raise her flock of 20 sheep, she has focussed on ethically and organically raising the sheep through rotational grazing.

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Guelph Organic Conference

Farm – to – Fashion Runway: Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Join members of the Upper Canada Fibreshed for a lively panel discussion where we’ll explore the opportunities for organic farmers to connect with the growing sustainable fashion movement in Canada. For tickets and more information please visit the Guelph Organic Conference Website. Farm-to-Fashion-Runway

LandMade 2018

It’s that time of year again, where producers within our Fibreshed gather to rally the community around sustainable, ethical raw fibre products for the urban maker. Be inspired by fibre from our landscape and increase  your stash for those special and everyday projects that support local farmers and a more beautiful way to textile.

February 4th 2018  – Gladstone Hotel – Toronto ON – 10 am to 4 pm  


On Farm Holiday Shopping with Ziraldo Alpacas

Christmas tree and alpaca illustrations Ziraldo Alpacas christmas shopping days

Pop over to Ziraldo Alpacas for an unique on-the-farm holiday shopping experience!

Saturday, December 9th – 10 am – 5pm

Sunday, December 10th – 11 am – 5pm

Ziraldo Alpacas 21370 Fairview Rod. Thames Centre, N0M 2P0

Enjoy some hot apple cider and cookies while you shop!

Luxurious locally grown alpaca products, including alpaca yarn, socks, insoles, mittens, gloves and hats.

Amazing wool dryer balls made of 100% Canadian wool.

Shetland Wool Adventure with Lauren Sharpe

Ever since I started knitting, I have wanted to go to Shetland to see where the magic happens!  It seems to me that it is the place where sheep, wool, history, beautiful landscapes and amazing knitters all combine forces.

One day I will get to Shetland Wool Week, but since it is in the fall and harvest time here on the farm, it isn’t possible yet. But early this fall I did manage to embark on my first Shetland Wool Adventure.

I first learned about Shetland Wool Adventures on Instagram.  Misa Hay is the organizer of this grand adventure (she is also instrumental in the organization of Shetland Wool Week!).  The posts looked fantastic, so I suggested to my friend and mom that we three should go.

We have all been knitting for less than 5 years each and the classes seemed manageable, though the lace and hap classes had intimidating homework!

After two flights we arrived in Sumbrugh and were picked up and driven over some beautiful countryside to the main city Lerwick, where we would stay at the lovely Alder Lodge for our time in Shetland.

Laura Sharpe of Twin Oaks Fiber Farm on the left, with Donna Smith (centre) and Robin Reid Burke (right).

Deborah Lamb was our tour guide as we travelled around the island and she shared with us the great history of the islands.  The landscape and seascape in Shetland is truly awe-inspiring. Oh, and the food, its fantastic, all of it, and there is a lot of it!!! We were treated to many great classes from Donna Smith, Wilma Malcolmson and Elizabeth Johnston.  These are ladies whom I have followed on Instagram and always admired their work.

They are amazing, kind, gifted teachers who managed to take a rank amateur knitter to one who is confident enough to tackle a traditional hap and Shetland lace and who looks at colour work with a new perspective.

One of the things that inspired me in Shetland is how passionate the knitters and designers are about their own local Shetland wool.  The great Oliver Henry almost had us in tears as he spoke about his fight to keep Shetland wool and its traditions alive in the ever changing global market.

Both of the mills, Jamieson’s of Shetland and Jamieson & Smith (The Wool Brokers), have and continue to advocate for the crofter and farmer to be sure the producer gets a fair price for their wool.  Everyone is interconnected and understands the whole circle of production.

It is indeed a magical place.


~ Written by Laura Sharpe of Twin Oaks Fiber Farm