Excited to share with you Shoppe 561's newest face of hope. Meet JoJo Milano.
One of the exciting parts of Shoppe 561 is meeting people in my search for artisans. Checking the artisan applications there was an entry from Goodness Gracious Acres. I was intrigued to find out what this artisan was creating.
JoJo the owner of Goodness Gracious Acres/Delilah’s Dairy raises Nubian goats. Among many things she makes goat milk soap. JoJo is also a talented artist and makes cards and prints. Since JoJo lives on the outskirts of West Palm Beach, I deemed a field trip was needed. I was excited about the possibility of carrying locally made goat milk soap in the store.
The first indication I was close was the road turned into dirt. It was easy to find Goodness Gracious Acres as I could see the goats as well as chickens, ducks, dogs, and a rooster (I think). For a moment I thought I might be on old MacDonald’s farm. What a delight!
JoJo had me at hello! She was full of energy and life amidst the chaos of the animals all around. JoJo left the fast paced life of Miami 12 years ago and traded it in for her 1-½ acre farm. Breeding Nubian goats became her passion and that results in milking up to 10 goats 2 times a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Many would have just wanted to show me their product, but not JoJo. Sharing the process of how she makes the soap and how it is best cured were a priority. JoJo’s concern in making sure I was educated really struck me. This truly is a craft and something she takes great pride in.
While she was showing me her art - ducks flew on the table, a baby goat found the feedbag that was open and had a snack, a hen came in and the dogs came around. Everyone likes to be in on the action. During this time, JoJo began brainstorming on how she could make something from the feedbags. She shared she had attended Bee College and was looking forward to getting a beehive to produce honey.
This is a woman who never stops thinking and creating. She has a passion for animals and nature. She is inspired to create products that are natural without any preservatives. She sees a bigger picture in how she can help others enjoy natural products and find new purpose for items.
Leaving Goodness Gracious Acres I was inspired and encouraged. This is a woman who followed her dreams and wasn’t and still isn’t afraid to work hard. Her smile, her laugh and her passion – it is contagious. If you are ever on the outskirts of town and you see a woman, her neighbors (sometimes up to 20) and some goats taking a walk down the road – that’s JoJo.
I am a believer and look forward to cheering her on as she continues to explore new endeavors.