Barbara Siemen, The Chick Wire
Barbara and her husband, Darrin, own and manage his family’s centennial dairy farm in Michigan’s “thumb” region. They have 5 robots to milk their 320 cows, over 600 head of beef cattle, and grow corn, wheat, sugar beets, and hay on 1500 acres. They have 3 children; Elliott (14), Adrienne (11), and Riley (7). They were nominated for and selected as Michigan Milk Producers Association’s Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators for 2016.
Barbara was formerly known as Farm Barbie, but due to legal pressure early in 2016, was forced to terminate her website and social media handles. Now, she focuses on empowering other women to share their stories while connecting with shared values and farm/family life on her website and podcast, The Chick Wire. She enjoys telling others about her personal and legal struggle, and hopes her story will prevent others from making the same mistakes.