Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

Nourishing Hearts

The Therapy  Team

​Hi my name is Bambi and I am a Palomino Miniature Horse who loves a good back scratch! I was born in born in 1997 so am on the older side of things for my species. I like to consider myself the mother figure of the barn animals and love to spend time with the rest of the crew. Although I enjoy giving humans a big ole smooch, I do get scared easily especially when people move really quickly around me or wave things such as their hands or fabric around my face. I may seem standoffish at first but if you approach me slowly you'll see that I can be as cuddly as all the other animals.

Hello new friend! I will most likely be one of the very first animals you meet on the farm because I love to greet people at the gate. I bark when someone arrives at the farm because it is my job to make sure Julie knows you are here. I am a Great Pyrenees which is a breed known for exceptionally good skills in guarding livestock hence why I am a bit protective of the farm. Although I have a big bark I promise I have absolutely zero bite! I love making new friends and really love a good pat!

Sweet Pea
Hello there, my name is Sweet Pea and I am a Calico Sheep! Although I may have a bit of a raspy sounding voice I promise I am as lovely as my name. I like to think of myself as a sweet little spirit who brings calm to the barn when the others are running a muck. I love to be groomed and especially love a good scratch around my shoulders and hips.



Hi there, my name is Nutmeg and I am an African Pygmy cross Nigerian Dwarf goat. I really like being around people and being pet, so much so that I might try to get your attention by touching your leg with my paw. I really enjoy a good scratch, playing its my brother Butternut (generally butting heads with each other but it's all fun and games, I promise!) and eating a variety of greens and plants in the yard.

Hi my name is Cornelius, the pot bellied pig and I really like belly scratches. I like to spend my days wandering around the farm in search of the most comfortable spot to lie and wait for belly scratches. If I can't find a comfortable place, I make my own by moving around the dirt with my snout. I am a friendly guy who loves to be around people but sometimes I can't see very well due to my eyelashes to please don't run towards me if I haven't noticed you. I am not at all aggressive but just want you to be aware that I do have tusks to help protect myself if needed. If you see me around the farm please say hello and give me a pat. Oh and did I mention, I really like belly scratches!

Therapy Animals

Squeak squeak! My name is Lacey and I am the smallest animal you will find on the farm (Other than the frogs who live in the pond). I am a guinea pig and spend most of my day sleeping under my warm nest. I love cuddles, eating green grass, leaves and carrots and making new friends. Sometimes I am quiet and sometimes I like to squeak squeak squeak!

Chicken Flock
There are many chickens in our flock on the farm all with their own little personalities and quirks. Some who love to scratch about and chatter away to each other and some who love to sit in their nest all day and keep to themselves. You will often see the chickens popping their heads out of their fence to try and get that one particular piece of green grass of particular leaf and if you're lucky enough you might hear our resident Rooster, Henny Penny crow!

(Chicks flock is made up of: Glenda, Gladys, Grandma, Claire, Moe, Leonard, Sonny, Daisy, Ella, Ellousie, Henry Penny and Frizzle)

​​Julie’s educational background includes a Personal Support Worker certificate, Developmental Service Worker diploma, and both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees. Julie has enjoyed over 17 years working in a variety of community and private care settings, supporting individuals and families across the lifespan from children to seniors including multi-cultural backgrounds and people with different abilities. Julie's area of practice 

include adults and children with an acquired and/or developmental disability; grief, trauma and post trauma growth; depression, anxiety and emotional regulation; self-identity, compassion and personal growth. She is also an EAGALA certified mental health professional and has additional training in dementia, hospice/palliative care and Indigenous Cultural Safety Training.

Throughout her life Julie has enjoyed the care of farm animals and a love of nature. over the course of her career she recognizing a growing need for nature-based, therapeutic farming and animal-assisted services that promote the health and well-being for individuals, families and communities of all ages and abilities.  Recently Julie fulfilled her dream to return to a farm lifestyle where she lives with many hoofed and pawed companions, to create Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm, a safe place where she can share she passions and support others so they too can live a life of meaning, participation and happiness.

Hi, my name is Blossom and I am the smallest goat in the family here at the farm. My specific breed is fainting X boar goat. I really love people and will often come up to anyone who enters the barn for a pat. I enjoy scratches and pats and really love when people give me a good brush! Sometimes I can be a bit cheeky and try to give your clothes a nibble. I'm not trying to put holes in them on purpose, but I just really love chewing on things and seeing what new tastes I can find in the world.


Hi my name is Butternut and I am an African Pygmy Goat. I am the oldest of the goats and often feel it is my duty to let Blossom and Nutmeg know this! I enjoy being around people and being involved in whatever is going on, but at times can give some mixed messages when it comes to pats. Often I will walk right over to you because I want to know what is going on but often will let you now quickly if I do or don't want to be pet. I might swing my head and make a sound if you try to pet me but don't be alarmed, I'm not trying to hurt you I'm just letting you know that I don't want any touch in that moment.

Julie Casey MSW, DSW, RSW