Irish Hills Farm

My Story

I've loved every minute of this journey

An Idea Is Born

My name is Rachel Conlin and along with my husband, Tim, we purchased this beloved, historic family farm in Apsley in 2005. We are both local, growing up in this beautiful part of Ontario, Canada.  Moving to the farm together was a perfect fit for us to raise our farmily and live our dreams.  The farm had been in the same family since the 1800's, originally purchased as part of a land grant by Irish immigrants. The land holds a tranquil, enchanted quality to it.  It has become the perfect place for me to create and hence, Irish H​ills Farm was born.


 


 

I have always loved nature and creating. Raising sheep introduced me to the wonders of wool and the magical possibilities of creating with it. Along with handspinning art yarns & dying the beautiful fibers, I make bespoke pieces such as faeries and witches, brooches, as well as animals from the wool.

In 2010 I opened a farm stand in Apsley, Ontario, selling our lamb, wool, maple syrup, preserves and baked goods.  In 2011 we were presented with the Leadership in Agriculture Award from Peterborough County.  In 2012, Mother Earth News Magazine presented us with the 1st Runner Up Award for Homesteader of the Year in North America.  I continued to operate our farm market stand until 2020.  

Now, in 2021, I am fortune enough to open my on farm 

Wool & Soap Shop.

It is a little shop in which I carry a variety of Canadian yarns, my own handspun and hand dyed yarns, felting and knitting supplies.  We also continue to sell our free range, naturally raised lamb, fresh eggs and maple syrup from our shop.