AVEC Care Farm, is a private 4 acre Care Farm located in Traverse City, MI, at the base of the Leelanau Peninsula, and within the residential area of the Cherry Bend neighborhood. AVEC Care Farm is the home to a small herd of 4 llamas, individually named: Sheepdog, Fish, Pepito, and Sisu, as well as a small flock of chickens. Family owned, AVEC Care Farm is located in the proximity of Meg Mertaugh-Graber’s own home residence, where she lives with her 2-legged as well as 4-legged family members.
In addition, AVEC Care Farm is the home-base for, and primary farm partner of Care-O-Van, PLLC. At AVEC Care Farm, Care-O-Van, PLLC, provides animal-assisted services, in addition to several experiential therapeutic methods. The animal-assisted services provided, include working with the AVEC Care Farm llamas and/or chickens, as co-facilitators of and partners within the therapeutic experience. Due to this inclusion, Care-O-Van’s services are unique and look very different from a more traditional therapeutic service.