The history behind 2Chicks and a Farm
Owner | Julie Graham
Julie grew-up in England, with a view of the countryside out her window. She always dreamed of one day owning land and livestock of her own. She had to wait a bit, while she served 27 and a half years in the United States Air Force, a wait well worth waiting. But, as soon as she had the opportunity Julie bought dirt, as the country song goes.
That original piece of ‘dirt’ was an acre and a half Homestead in southern Delaware. In July 2021, Julie moved to MI, to a home on 20 acres, just 15 minutes from South Haven, MI. This new space is giving Julie the opportunity to grow both literally and figuratively.
All of this couldn't have been possible without the amazing handyman skills of Jason Berry who turned the old workshop into a suite of goat stalls, put up fencing for the first garden, built a front porch for the dogs to 'poultry watch' from, and more other projects than I can count.
Then in October 2022, Julie realized she wasn't going to be able to keep up with her growing pet care services business back in DE and continue to grow the farm, so enter Rachel.
About The Farm
The farm currently consists of seven dogs, a barn cat, eight Nigerian Dwarf Goats (three of whom are pregnant), a pair of French Toulouse Geese, 10 Blue Swedish Ducks, over 35 chickens, and a about the same number of quail. The dogs are Maddie and Poppy, American Cocker Spaniels, Harper, London and Mia, English Labrador Retrievers, and Rocky and Stella, Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dogs (they help protect the poultry and goats).
The barn cat Thelma came to us from a farm in Ohio. If there were ever a soul who knew how to love life, it’s Thelma. She'll be first to greet you if you visit.
Julie’s dream is to eventually expand from being a ‘Hobby Farmer’ to running a small-scale commercial farming operation, including both livestock and fruits and vegetables.
While a lot of work has been done over the past year, there is still a lot more to do to get where I want to be. I hope you’ll join all the other living creatures and I on our journey, whether just virtually, meeting at a local Farmers Market, or paying us a visit on the farm.