• God, goats and blessed soap
By Brian Bowden

A lot of people believe when one door closes in life, God opens another one. That's exactly what happened to Rhonda Ivey, owner of Hallowed Haven Farm in Mitchell.
The certified nursing assistant, who worked at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation, had surgery that caused her to have to resign from a job she loved. This was an occupation she had perfected in the 30-plus years as a CNA.
The Rhode Island native now spends her days working on her farm.
"I was trying to find another outlet. A friend of mine, who also has goats, said why don't you put your goats to work," said Ivey. “At the time, I just had a few and we had only gotten them to clear the woods."
Soon after, the light went off in her head. "I ended up buying a couple of female goats from her," said Ivey. "And she kinda gave me the lowdown on how to start making soap."
She went on to say, "God never closes one door without opening another. My door at the nursing facility was closed, but he opened up this."
The mother of, now, 13 goats first had to invent her own, unique blend of soap. "I had to come up with a good recipe," said Ivey laughing. "My own recipe." That process of trial-and-error took a cool five months.
"It is a very tedious process," said Ivey. "It took me a long time to come up with my own recipe that worked." Aside from the little information she learned from a friend, her tools included YouTube and various Internet articles. "I had somebody introduce me and kind of point me in the right direction," said Ivey. "Then I taught myself the rest."

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