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S. Ind. family farm business thriving thanks to dozens of "kids"

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SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- One family has around three dozen kids on their farm in addition to their eight children.

The 10-member clan has achieved worldwide success with their business.  They say they are not kidding around.

Mom and dad Jim and PJ, along with the "Jonas Eight" all work together on the Scottsburg family farm making all-natural goat body products.  Mother PJ Jonas said this was not always their way of life.

From oldest to youngest, there's Brett, 16, Colter, 14, Emery, 12, Fletcher, 11, Greyden, 10, Hewitt, 8, Indigo, 7, and Jade, 5.

PJ Jonas said they owned goats back in 2006 when the business began, out of the bathtub.  Jonas said she was reading the ingredients listed in her traditional baby wash.

"I was so shocked when I saw a lot of petroleum-based chemicals and chemicals I couldn't even pronounce and I decided right then and there I was going to make my own soap," said Jonas.

That's when "Goat Milk Stuff" was born.

"We didn't start selling it until 2008," the mother of the Jonas Eight said.

Jonas said after gifting the soap and handing out samples at local craft fairs, the response was overwhelming.

They said things got up and running after that.  This time of year is kidding season, so their hands stay full.  Everyone has a role in the Goat Milk Stuff process, from the kids and the children, to does, bucks, chicks, bunnies and even Great Pyrenees watch dogs.

The children ages 5 to 16, earn salaries along the assembly line in the biz.

"They help out with just about every aspect of what we do," said the Patriarch of the Jonas Eight family, Jim Jonas.

"They're always doing something."

Those activities include milking, feeding, record keeping, packing and shipping.  The children said those are not their only favorite "kid" friendly activities.

The thousands of soaps and body products have continuously climbed off the shelves and into the homes of people around the world.

"We have pretty much doubled every year," said PJ Jonas. "This has just become something beyond what we had ever imagined. When we started it, it was just for ourselves."

The double-digit dynasty only plans on growing in the future.

For more information on how you can get Goat Milk Stuff, including soaps, lotions, creams, scrubs, lip balms and more, click here.  You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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