well I've been researching the LYS thing in Brissy for you, as I've never located one myself so far, and have just been using Spotlight/Lincraft type stores (generic all purpose any craft type stores), but it's looking grim. I might have to open one for you
I think visiting a farm would be an awesome idea... I've been wanting to do that myself, but am afraid it would just start a foray into spinning and I have no time at all as it is!!