The Farm to Fashion Runway

Dress with Local Economic Sustainability EVERYDAY messageFeatured Panelists

Peggy Sue Deaven – Peggy Sue Collection

Deborah Livingston-Lowe – Upper Canada Weaving

Jennifer Osborn – Upper Canada FibreshedAllSorts Acre

Moderated by Becky Porlier, Upper Canada Fibreshed & Upper Canada Mercantile


From 6pm to 7:30pm there will be a lively panel discussion where we’ll explore the opportunities for organic farmers to connect with the growing sustainable fashion movement in Canada.

Jennifer will provide the farmers’ view and discuss the opportunities and challenges for growing fibres including organic certification, for textile and fashion designers.

Deborah will provide the weaver-fabricator perspective, from Ontario’s historical 19th century textile roots to current environmental and ethical barriers.

Peggy Sue will discuss the costs of sourcing local raw materials and the current challenges of (re)building a sustainable fashion supply chain.Peggy Sue Collection Collage

A question & answer period will be included in the discussion.

At approximately 7:30pm the action moves to organic wine & organic finger food sampling allowing for more individual discussions on the issues raised.

The evening wraps up at 9pm.


*Please plan to arrive early, anytime from 5:30pm onwards as fashion samples will be on display as well as several vendor tables from the fibre sector.  

The ticket price includes the organic finger foods and one glass of organic wine.  Additional beverages can be purchased.


Peggy Sue Deaven – Peggy Sue CollectionPeggy Sue Deaven – Peggy Sue Collection

Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks graduated with a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is the 2016 winner of the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Competition.

She founded Peggy Sue Collection Inc. with the mission of taking steps towards revitalizing the North American Farm and Fiber Industry.

In a time where a garment’s maker and its fiber source are anonymous, Peggy Sue seeks to affect change in the industry by producing an exclusively North American Ready-To-Wear Collection that honors the Farmer, the Maker and the Creator. For without their time-honored skills, knowledge and hard work there would be no fiber, no fabric, no fashion.


Deborah Livingston-LoweDeborah Livingston-Lowe

Deborah designs and produces hand woven fabric using locally sourced fibre.

She provides consultation to collectors and museums on 19th century hand woven bed coverings.

Deborah researches 19th century Canadian textiles and weavers and presents her research at conferences.





Jennifer Osborn - All Sorts AcreJennifer Osborn – All Sorts Acre

Jennifer along with her partner Tim Fisher run All Sorts Acre, a permaculture value added sheep farm.

The sheep they raise are bred for good milk production for sheep milk gelato, good-growth on grass, and, of course fibre.

Jennifer’s training as a fine artist spurred her to learn the art of felt making. She makes and sells bespoke felt items from her wool, has yarn made at local mills, and sells the fibre wholesale.



Becky Porlier

Becky is the co-founder and director of the Upper Canada Fibreshed and is the founder of the Upper Canada Mercantile.

Ever concerned for our collective impact on the environment, her interests and education have focused on sustainable agriculture, culture and art.

She was inspired by Rebecca Burgess’ 100 mile wardrobe while working as a backyard farmer in Guelph.

Settling near the shores of Lake Nippising, she is an avid gardener, forager, wildcrafter and community arts advocate.


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