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Help for chapped skin turns into business for Beckers

It takes the effort of a whole family to run Eddie’s Goat Milk Goods. Pictured above are Jack, Emma, Eddie and Sam Becker who run the business along with mom Tracy.

What started as a way to heal cracked hands has developed into a family effort that heals the whole of a family farm.
Fifteen-year-old Eddie Becker of Glencoe started the company Eddie’s Goat Milk Goods back in February. The idea came about when Eddie, who experienced chapped hands in the winter, started looking for a solution. After trying everything in the store, he turned to his pet goats for the answer.
Using the milk from his goats and playing around with recipes, Eddie created a lotion that worked not only for him, but others as well.
 “We gave it to family and friends and they tried it and really liked it. And it helped him,” Eddie’s mom Tracy said. “So I was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’”
It didn’t take long for the product to expand beyond the Becker’s circle of friends. Eddie and his family started selling the lotion at farmers’ markets and passing out cards to local businesses. Less than a year later, Eddie’s products, the original lotion, soap and milk baths, are now in several stores in the area including the local Health Nut Pantry in Glencoe.
“It’s a little bit exciting, but a little nerve-racking,” Eddie said.
As the product becomes more popular, Eddie himself has gotten more recognition. “Wow” is the response Eddie said he gets most from people who meet the young entrepreneur.
“There are lots of congratulations and lots of people that wish him well,” Tracy said.
With the growth of the company, Eddie’s family has stepped in to support him.
“It’s kind of developed into a family business now that it’s gotten so big,” Eddie said.

For more, see the Dec. 23 print edition of The Chronicle.