PEI BARN QUILT TRAIL Barn Quilt Wisdom: “Stopping along busy roads can be dangerous and illegal. Use caution when slowing or stopping near a site. All sites are on private property and should be viewed from the public road unless otherwise indicated at the site if it is a business open to the public.”
About the Farm: Peter and Lynn took over the Townshend family farm in 1974 and their children Ryann (a computer programmer), Becky (on the farm) and Jillian (a RN at the QEH) are the 7th generation to work the farm. The Townshend family has continually farmed the land for over 200 years! The log cabin farm house was built in 1849 was built by Charles & Harriet Townshend. The farm currently grows potatoes, cereal grains, soybeans, wild blueberries and haskap berries. Townshend Potato Company is widely regarded as an early pioneer of engineered soil-conservation structures on PEI, having installed grassed waterways and berms as demonstration projects more than 30 years ago. Their stewardship efforts have been recognized by the PEI Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Government of PEI, through the Soil Conservationist of the Year Award and the Gilbert R. Clements Award for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture (2006) and is designated a Bird Friendly Landowner by the Island Nature Trust for encouraging barn swallows. About the Barn Quilt: The design of our quilt reflects the farm in harmony with the land, forest and waterways and our respect of the local bird life. The border is a variation on swallows return and flying geese traditional blocks.
MAP # 20 Farm Name: Townshend Potato Co. Farm Operators: Becky Townshend Civic Address: 1604 Rte 2, Rollo Bay Quilt Best Viewed: Visible from Rte 2
About the Farm: Becky Townshend is the 7th generation to farm the land which has been in the family for over 200 years! Townshend Potato Co. is primarily a potato farm but also grow cereal grains, soybeans, wild blueberries and haskap berries. Beside the barn, you can see a field of haskap berries - an antioxidant-rich “superfood” similar to blueberries. The haskap berries were planted as a part of the ALUS program and the adjacent land is also a riparian zone (the interface between land and a river or stream) where they have planted 2,500 trees. The farm takes great pride in their land stewardship efforts. . Haskap berries are an antioxidant-rich “superfood” similar to blueberries. They grow on deciduous shrubs that reach 1.5-2 meters tall. Originally from Japan, the Haskap is a variety of the blue honeysuckle that has been developed to produce a berry that has a skin that melts in your mouth with very small seeds. A key to haskap production is that they require a non haskap bush to pollinate the plants. They are the first fruit crop each season, even before strawberries.
About the Barn Quilt: The quilt includes haskap berries. Can you please describe the elements of your barn quilt and what they represent to you/your farm.
MAP # 8 Farm Name: Townshend Brothers Farm Operators: John & Wayne Townshend Civic Address: 641 Fortune Wharf Road, Souris Quilt Best Viewed: The quilt is best viewed when travelling south east on the Fortune Wharf Road. It is located on the small building in the center of the farm yard.
About the Farm: The Townshend Brothers Farm is a 500 acre potato farm, also growing rotational crops. It is a fourth generation farm, but presently there are two generations working in the business. James and Elizabeth Aitken began the farm in 1797, along with their four children, who moved to Fortune from lower Montague. They were the first English speaking family to live in Fortune and their house still stands on the farm property. Eventually, seven more children were born into their family. Years later, the farm was bought by Charlie Townshend (a relative of the Aitken's) - he was the first generation of today's farm. About the Barn Quilt: The green stripes symbolize the fields and crops. The four red points on the pin wheel depict the four generations of the farm. The colour red is also the main colour in the Aitken coat of arms, which is fitting because the farm was originally the home of the first Aitkens who settled in Fortune in 1797. Similarly, the colour blue is the main colour in the Townshend coat of arms who came to own the farm after the Aitken's. The head of grain and potato blossom are representative of the two main crops currently grown on the farm, and the "T," of course, stands for Townshend.
MAP # 2 Farm Name: Clohossey Farms Farm Operators: Barry & Darlene Clohossey Civic Address: 14770 Rte 14, Nail Pond Quilt Best Viewed:
About the Farm: Clohossey Farms is a mutli-generation family farm located in Nail Pond, along the Northumberland Strait, in PEI's western end. They pride themselves in growing top quality vegetables for the local market The farm sells at their own road side stand as well as the Bloomfield and Summerside Farmer’s Market. They also have a successful CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Veggie Box program as well as a strawberry u-pick!
About the Barn Quilt: The quilt includes an Irish Knot, connecting the Clohossey family heritage.
Map # 9 Farm name: Glover Homestead Farm Farm Operators: Greg & Bonnie (nee Glover) Woodside and Family Civic Address: 2701 Nineteen Rd, Norboro Quilt Best Viewed: While Travelling East on RTE 107 (Nineteen Rd)
About the Farm: The Glover Homestead Farm was designated a 2014 Heritage Farm having been in continuous operations since 1859. The farm is a hobby farm raising cattle, pigs, chicken and horses. The Woodside's currently reside in the family homestead, which was built in 1877. The original Glover's grew grain, hay, and potatoes, and kept cattle, pigs and chickens on their family farm. Greg and Bonnie's children, Candace, David, Benjamin, and Zachary, are the 6th generation to be raised in the Glover house.
About the Barn Quilt: The barn quilt was designed by the Woodside family, to represent the sun, air, soil, hay, grain, and water which have served to sustain this family farm. Air and water are represented by the colour blue, while the red on the quilt represents the iron-rich island soil. The green on the quilt represents the hay and grass, while the golden yellow represents the grain and sunshine. The capital "G" on the sign pays tribute to the sweat and toil of our Glover ancestors, who broke ground on this land in 1859. We owe so much to this land, and in fact, the barn that currently stands at 2701 Nineteen Rd. was built in 1953 with lumber harvested from our farm.
Map # 6 Farm Name: Ready Farms Farm Operators: Joel Ready Mary Ready Sam & Waylon Doucette Quilt best viewed from: 103 Hogan Rd. Tignish
About the Farm: Ready farms is a 6th generation farm, raising beef, sheep and vegetables. Ready Farms is proud to be a small family farm and operates a summer vegetable road side stand. The farm began in the early 1800"s and currently has 200 acres. John Ready in the early 1800"s established a farm in the Christopher's Cross area with his family after arriving to PEI from Kerry Ireland. More than 150 years later Ready Farms is still operating under its 6 and 7th Generation owners. Thru the years the farm has seen many changes. The land has grown a variety of crops and has sustained a variety of animals. Ready land has produced wheat, grains, corn, alfalfa, and a variety of garden vegetables. Between 1925- late 1940's fox farming was also tried by the Ready's. For a time in 1950-1970 dairy cattle were raised and cream was sold locally. After 1970 the farm was mainly used to raise beef, hogs and sheep. In more recent years potato's, turnips, peaches and cream corn, beets, onions, carrots, onions,cucumbers and pumpkins have been sold at a vegetable stand located at the entrance to Ready farms. The veggies have also been sold to local stores. Started by John Ready it has stayed in the Ready name for generations. John Ready, Henry, Wallace, Howard, Joel, Sam and Waylon.
Farm Quilt Design: We choose a block design for our quilt which to us represents an aerial view of Pei farm land. We also decided to go with a simple modest, natural design. The red represents the color of PEI soil. Blue is for the water which sustains our crops and animals. Yellow the color of many of the grain crops grown over the years on Ready land. Green the color of trees and grass.
MAP# 10 Farm Name: Auburn Acres Farm Operators: Jennifer, Jim and Grant Doyle Civic Address: 2020 Monaghan Rd, Auburn Quilt Best Viewed: from main road
About the Farm: Jennifer and Jim purchased Auburn Acres in 1974 and their son Grant joined the operation in 2000. They currently raise hogs and beef cattle along with grain crops primarily corn, soybeans, wheat and barley. All finished beef cattle from our family farm is sold to the Beef Plant in Albany, PEI.
About the Barn Quilt: The colors of the quilt were chosen to compliment the surrounding buildings and have significant values to the family. The red centre square represents the heart of the family farm; The white represents our winter season when farm life is not quite as hectic; The light blue has special meaning as it is in memory of Stephanie, Jennifer & Jim’s younger daughter who passed away in 2014, and this was her favorite color. The medium blue represents the favorite color of their daughter , Crystal who lives in Ontario. The red corners represent the land which produces our resources year after year.
MAP # 11 Farm Name: Barnyard Organics Ltd. Farm Operators: Mark & Sally Bernard & Family Civic Address: 1934 North Freetown Road, Freetown Quilt Best Viewed: from North Freetown Road, but also from the Cairns Rd in both directions. About the Farm: Barnyard Organics is a 550 acre organic grain and livestock farm. Certified since 2006, they believe strongly in the importance of soil health and educating eaters about where their food comes from and the role they can play in our food systems. In it’s fourth generation, the farm has ventured through various commodities from a mixed family farm to dairy to potatoes and now it’s current incarnation as Barnyard Organics, focusing on organic grains. The Bernard’s have 4 young children who farm along side of them and are involved in daily chores. They work hard to maintain ecological diversity by encouraging native pollinators and fostering barn swallow habitat. They aim to be a haven for wildlife, a sustainable operation for succession while ensuring a balance with profitable agricultural production. The majority of their grains are used in their East Coast Organic Feed Mill commercial feed line which distributes feed throughout the Maritimes, as the only organic feed milled in the region. Some food grade grains go to Speerville Flour Mill in NB and further abroad for various uses. All the chicken and eggs are marketed through Community Shared Agriculture programs with pick up locations in Summerside and Charlottetown. A unique business they offer is Rent the Chicken which provides the experience of having backyard hens for the summer, without the year round commitment.
About the Barn Quilt: While the farm’s focus is organic grains, Mark and Sally have always made it a priority to purposefully connect with the public and invite them onto the farm. Early on, Mark planted a patch of sunflowers as a u-pick and enjoyed having people wandering through the pretty blooms every summer. Naturally, sunflowers were the flower of choice for Mark and Sally’s September wedding. While no longer growing for u-pick they continue to plant some each year as great bird and insect food and habitat (and for Mark to pick for their anniversary each year!) So it was an easy design choice that sets off nicely against the blue barns.
MAP # 12 Farm Name: Maelstrom Farm Farm Operators: Mary McNiven Civic Address: 694 Highland Park Rd, Nine Mile Creek Quilt Best Viewed: from Highland park road
About the Farm: Maelstrom Farm raises Standardbred horses and also has three Norwegian Fjord horses as part of the herd. All the horses on the farm have been used in equine-assisted psychotherapy, and currently one of them is the therapy horse visiting the Provincial Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown on a weekly basis. On the farm, the herd consists of two Standardbred brood mares, three Norwegian Fjord horses and two miniature donkeys. In addition, two Standardbred horses born and raised on the farm have started their racing careers this year and have done very well. They are Evening Maelstrom and The Great Maelstrom. And finally, My Lucky Killean is a Standardbred racehorse who is currently racing so is not living at Maelstrom Farm. Maelstrom Farm is 20 acres of rolling hills overlooking St. Peter's Island and encompasses part of Nine Mile Creek. Maelstrom Farm has been in operation for 20 years since the first Norwegian Fjord colt was born, Maelstrom Vidar.
About the Barn Quilt: Maelstrom is a giant whirlpool in the ocean which inspired the swirling feel to the barn quilt.
Map # 13 Farm Name: N/A Farm Operators: Rita McInnis Civic Address: 50 Haywood Rd, Tignish Quilt Best Viewed: Visible as you enter the town of Tignish About the Farm: The barn was built in 1927, the year before Rita was born! The farm began in 1928 as a small mixed farm. It was operational over several generations and became more focussed on working horses for farming or transportation. It is no longer an operational farm but the barn is often used for rustic photo shoots.
About the Barn Quilt: Quilts are a family tradition. Rita' s aunts and mother were quilters and Rita and her sister Irene have made many quilts through the years and are members of the Tignish quilt group. Rita has made quilts for her children, grandkids and great kids.
MAP # 14 Farm Name: Howard & Jacquie Laird Farm Operators: Howard & Jacquie Laird Civic Address: 5955 Rte 13, New Glasgow Quilt Best Viewed: From Rte 13
About the Farm: This is a cereal grains and small beef herd farm that has been in the Laird family since 1873.
About the Barn Quilt: Hunter’s Star design
MAP # 1 Farm Name: Blair Henry Farm Operators: Blair & Linda Henry Civic Address: 136 Henry Road, Vernon Bridge Quilt Best Viewed: From Henry Road
About the Farm: This cow/calf operation was designated a 2014 Heritage Farm and has been in continuous operation by the Henry family since 1849. The farm is 74 acres and has 40 cows calving over the year. For portions of the year we can have at times, 20 to 25 calves running around in our pasture. We pasture all of our acres and buy in our silage and straw.
About the Barn Quilt: The representation of colours picked for our quilt are the blue for water, green for pasture, red Island soil colour for the land and cliffs we can view from our deck from our waterfront property; beef cattle heads with ear tags.
MAP # 15 Farm name: Leigh Laird Inc. Farm Operators: Leigh & Anne Laird Civic Address. 2018 Winsloe Road
About the Farm: The Laird farm is 5th generation growing a variety of grain crops, primarily soybean and wheat. They also raise 250 chickens. For over 50 years, this was a potato farm. Other information about your farm you’d like to share?
About the Quilt: Your comments on design or colors
About the Farm: Picturesque Farms is a 7th generation farm that was designated a 2014 Heritage Farm and has been in continuous operations since 1843. The farm currently raises beef cattle and grows grain, forages and soybeans. The barn the quilt is on was built in 1959. About the Barn Quilt:
MAP # 16 Farm Name: Preston Cudmore and Sons Inc. Farm Operators: Arthur and Guy Cudmore Civic Address: 1891 Winsloe Road, Rte. 223 North Winsloe
About the Farm: Recognized in 2014 as a Heritage Farm, the Cudmore farm was established in 1847. The original Cudmore descendants emigrated from Chumleigh, England in 1841. Hugh Cudmore first resided in Summerside, and then set up a homestead in North Winsloe in 1847 where he leased Crown land, (Lot 33) and farmed until his passing in 1859. The farm was passed to his son, George Cudmore, followed by his son, John Cudmore, then to his son, Leonard Cudmore, who passed it along to his son, Preston Cudmore, followed by his two sons, Arthur and Guy Cudmore, who currently farm the property. Over the years, mixed farming included hogs, dairy and beef cattle, chickens, potatoes, turnips, among other commodities. Today the farm produces 230 acres of High Generation Elite seed potatoes along with 1000+ acres of cereal crops, consisting of potatoes, barley, wheat, soybean and corn. Lorna (Cudmore) Underhill and her husband, Mark currently live in the Cudmore homestead.
About the Quilt: The Barn Quilt was painted by Lorna, with the inspiration of the sunflower design coming from the golden color of this unique home with the red mansard roof. This vibrant Barn Quilt stands out under the eve of the barn when driving by the Cudmore farm. Even at night, the Barn Quilt can be admired under the large yard light which extends over the quilt for passers-by to enjoy.
MAP #3 Farm Name: Heritage Tracts and Timbers Farm Operators: David & Grace Haslam Civic Address: 22599 Route 2, Kensington About the Farm: Designated a 2014 Heritage Farm, Heritage Tracts and Timbers has been in continuous operation since 1837. This is a seventh generation farm with fathers and sons farming with skills and practices transferred through the last two centuries. The farm currently raises beef cattle and produce lumber products from the wood lot. The farm uses sustainable farm practices with proper rotation and maintenance of original hedgerows and stone dykes along with pasture management for yearling feeders. They have also developed woodlot management plan for an Acadian woodlot and custom saw and dry hardwood lumber for milling purposes.
About the Barn Quilt: The quilt pattern represents red island soil surrounded by blue water and yellow rays of sunshine with purple and green bands signify the Scottish and Irish family ties. Trees frame each corner marking the important role in the beginning and future life of the farm. The capital H stands for Heritage as well as the family surname and the year 1837 marks the first year of farming.
About the Farm: Wade and his wife, Kathleen, decided to purchase a 3-acre farm in Miscouche in 1985 and raise beef cattle. The initial size of the farm led to its name, Tiny Acres Holsteins. In 2006, they built a tarp-barn, put in a simple, double-six, step-up parlour, and began milking cows. Their youngest son Logan has joined the farm and they are currently milking 140 cows. They farm 700 acres, growing barley, corn, soybean, and alfalfa to feed the cows. About the Barn Quilt: The quilt includes a Holstein head and Holstein cow print, a nod to the breed of dairy cattle raised on the farm. The green is for the land and the blue for the sea.
MAP #18 Farm Name: Orwell Bay Farm Farm Operators: David & Anne MacDonald Civic Address: 72 MacDonald Road, Orwell
About the Farm: Designated a 2014 Heritage Farm, Orwell Bay Farm has been in the ___ family since ___(?). The farm was a dairy farm until May 2017 when the milk quota was sold. Today, the farm raises beef cattle and have a large number of dairy replacement heifers. They also grow 300 acres of barley, oats and soybean.
About the Committee: Formed in 1992, this committee has brought together volunteers from industry, agri-food businesses and government to develop educational and promotional materials and deliver events that improve agriculture awareness in PEI. Agriculture Adventure Days for Grade 3 students and Open Farm Day in September are 2 of the larger annual projects of the committee.
About the Quilt: The PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee is proud to display their Barn Quilt on the front wall of the Farm Centre, University Avenue, Charlottetown. This Barn Quilt celebrates one of the main industries in Prince Edward Island – agriculture. Called “Island Reflections”, the barn quilt was designed with simple intersecting squares of vibrant colours found in nature. It features green for growth, rusty-red for our soil, and blue for the sky and sea. The squares are connected by a burst of vibrant yellow reflecting the importance of the sun on food production and the joy of farming in Prince Edward Island.