Open Farm Day, 2016!

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We were thrilled to be a participant in Open Farm Day 2016, an event brought to you by The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Open Farm Day was held on September 18th with Upperbrook Farm being one of 40 farms across Nova Scotia to open it’s gates to the public.

Upperbrook Farm: Open Farm Day 2016

It was so much fun to invite the public to our farm to meet us and our sheep. We offered tours and displays of our flock, shop and mill! Take some time to check out the photos from the day.

North River farmers win environmental award

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Environmental issues are important to us, and we’re very proud of our award from the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

“The Mathewson family has been well known to agriculture for some time working tirelessly to improve their farm and protect the environment,” said Beth Densmore, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

Original story at the Truro Daily News

Farm Focus article

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Take some time to read this engaging article where Ruth talks about what brought her out of the skyscrapers and onto the pasture.

And from the contented look and beaming smile portrayed on her face while calling out to her “girls,” there is no doubt that Mathewson is doing exactly what she wants to be doing and couldn’t be happier for it.

– Original story on Atlantic Farm Focus

Wild and Wooly with Greta and Ruth Mathewson

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Here’s a fun article from Rustik Magazine featuring a bit of Q&A

3) What is your greatest design inspiration? (i.e. nature, person)?
Since the price of wool has not increased in decades, it is certainly an inspiration to utilize the wool from our farm, and due to the increase in interest in our product and the desire to further promote this material, we have established (in 2012) Nova Scotia’s only modern woolen mill, Harmeny Woolen Mill.

– Original story on

For mother and daughter, being tough is part of the job

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Here’s an article from Rustik Magazine which tells you a bit more about how we came to be and what the future holds.

“The desire to carry on that tradition today has less to do with nostalgia than it has to do with sustainability and good business sense. Wool is a byproduct of lamb production and due to high processing costs, most excess wool is sent to the landfill. By processing the wool themselves, the Mathewsons turn waste into a value added product, benefit the environment, and create a new source of income.”

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Beat the stress with wool

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An interesting read I was recently forwarded…

“One in four people are currently finding it harder to sleep than they did 12 months ago because of job uncertainties and money worries,” said the British Sleep Council. This stress and lack of sleep can become a downward negative spiral that leads some people to resort to using medication in order to sleep.

Luckily there is an alternative that is natural and doesn’t require medical intervention. This brand new alternative comes in a surprising form: wool!

There are five stages of sleep – stages one to four and Rapid Eye Movement (REM), which occur while dreaming. Stage four is the most restful state of sleep, which is when the body regenerates and recuperates from the strains of the day. Wool is proven to give the sleeper 25 percent more stage four sleep than sleeping under synthetic duvets, leaving you feeling healthier and happier.

There are old preconceptions about wool that have been blown away by today’s modern wool products. You can now buy washable and tumble-dryable wool duvets that fit with your modern lifestyle. These duvets allow you to create your own micro-climate, and this more-comfortable sleep environment allows you better, deeper sleep.

This is such a fabulous true story about nature providing all of the tools we need, if only we take the time to find them! Sleeping under wool is a new experience for many – but is the ideal way to combine all the benefits of using a natural sustainable fiber with the enhanced sleep benefits that using a wool blanket or a wool mattress protector can bring.

Remember, wool is SAFE!

American Sheep Industry Association -Reprinted in part from Business Wire