About Us

Brad and Julie Swenson are the owners of Soulshine Farm along with sons Dan and Gil. Purchased in January 2007 it was a dream come true for the family. Brad and Julie were both raised in Randolph, and married in 1985. They lived in Pennsylvania before moving back to Randolph New Jersey in 1993.Julie is certified as a Special Education Teacher and holds BA in Sociology and Education and a M.Ed. Master of Education.  She is also a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Certified Supervisor of Instruction.  She worked for 16 years at a school for teens with emotional and behavioral challenges as a teacher and administrator, while also teaching college classes as an adjunct Sociology Professor at William Paterson University, and County College of Morris.
08 08 21_0949_edited-1-copy After leaving the school, she continued to work as a school district consultant for many districts, and worked for several years in the Early Intervention System with newborn – three year old children with developmental delays providing developmental intervention and social work services to children and families. Julie volunteers as an educator for the for the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders. She has extensive experience working with children with Tourette, OCD, and neurobiological spectrum disorders.
Julie is also a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and Children’s Yoga Instructor, and additionally earned a certification as a “Yoga for Youth” instructor. All certifications are current, renewed as required through the NJ State Department of Education and the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners. She takes yearly continuing education courses in Yoga, Social Work and Education. She completes certification in First Aid and CPR every two years.  Julie enjoys every day on the farm with the children who visit and finds joy and peace just being here on the property.  Family time, Gardening and creative art projects are passions of hers.
Brad still has his “day job”, as a Customer Success Manager at Kinvey.  He seems happier than ever on the farm though, early mornings, evenings, and weekends are his “farm time”…to the animals, take down old fencing, build new fencing, fix fencing, add more fencing…take out old posts, dig new post holes…Feed the alpacas, clean up after the alpacas…feed the chickens, collect the eggs…relaxing jobs that are grounding.  Brad’s parents were both teachers when he was growing up, and he spent his summers at “sleep away camp” with his parents where they worked as camp directors.  Living on the farm is kind of like living at sleep away camp…all the time! Brad always dreamed of being a teacher, so the time spent with kids on our farm is special to him too.
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We are thankful for our strong helpful sons Dan and Gil.  When Dan is home, he and Gil enjoy playing music together, which we love to hear.  When we are all together projects on the farm can get done quicker than we could imagine.Dan graduated from Randolph HS, and from Clemson University as an Agricultural Economics major and now lives in South Carolina working as the owner of Rocking “S” Cattle ranch as a beef producer.  Gil graduated from Randolph HS, and from Rutgers University.  He coaches and trains lacrosse players through Trilogy Lacrosse, and is a college recruiter.

 

 

 

 

 

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