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Alison Smith

Alison and her partner Casey own The Patchwork Goat, a small company making handcrafted goat milk soaps. Soapmaking started as a hobby a few years ago with very basic recipes and gradually evolved into a business as the soaps have gotten more complex with different scents and designs. She uses natural oils, mineral colorings and essential oils for scent in her soap. Alison works at the University of California, Hopland Research and Extension Center doing field work on wildlife ecology, climate change, rangeland management and agriculture research.