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Feathered Hill Farm

Organized by: Michelle Grigaitis

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THE STORY:

Hello! Here's a little about me:

I was born in 1978, moved to Virginia in 1979, graduated from high school in 1996, and went to college at Virginia Tech. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999, moved to Japan in 2000, became a live in nanny in 2003, a single adoptive mother in 2005, a single foster mom in 2006, a college graduate in 2008. In 2010, I adopted my second and third child from the foster care system. I got married in 2011 and we spent most of 2012 watching our daughter perform amazingly courageous acts during her successful smack down of three brain tumors.

In 2013, I was exhausted.

By 2014, we were renting a house on a farm. It was there that I had the brilliant idea to start raising chickens. (It was really my husband's idea.)

I started with four $5 laying hens. We filled our laundry room with baby chicks in the winter. My husband built one coop, then another, then another trying to keep up with my ever expanding flock.

In 2014, we found our dream farm through a set of circumstances that sound completely made up, but are true.

We are just starting out, but we have some big plans!

Our short-term goals are:

-Establish the chicken program at Feathered Hill Farm.

-Create online courses to teach others about chickens, growing your own vegetables, sewing and other farm skills for those who weren't raised in a barn, but wish they were. Veterans will be able to attend a free class each year, and disabled veterans will receive unlimited free classes.

-Establish a program called "Breakfast for the Brave," which provides veterans with help establishing their own backyard flock, through education and donation of chicks, grown chickens, hatching eggs and equipment.

Here's what we'll use the money for:

First, I'll buy incubators. I have had really good hatch rates with these incubators in the past. I would like 4 incubators, for a total of approximately $500. I will also spend $300 on fertile hatching eggs.

Second, I'll buy a few miscellaneous supplies such as thermometers and an egg candler. This will be approximately $200.

Third, I will buy a digital camera with video capabilities so that I can record parts of the incubation process, which will be used in my online class creation. This will be approximately $300.

The remaining money will be used for general set-up around the farm. We need to do some repairs to the existing chicken structures to prepare for the new chicks, as well as other minor improvements.

This will give us the funding needed to start all of our projects. Once we have the initial funding, the flock will begin to self-sustain as we are able to hatch new chicks from our first flock. Money earned from the online classes will pay for the chicken feed as well as supporting the "Breakfast for the Brave" program.

Thank you..we are grateful to each one of you for reading.

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