Bob Cavanaugh spends his mornings in the barn, feeding goats and collecting their milk in a shiny, silver pail.
Cavanaugh turns that milk into soap, a product that soon will be for sale at Rainbow of Hope Farm in Kingsley.
"The second batch turned out great," he said.
Cavanaugh is a resident at Rainbow of Hope, a nonprofit adult foster care and independent living center for adults with developmental disabilities. He and other residents are helping ROH staff open a store called the Red Shed Marketplace where their crafts, garden produce and canned goods will be for sale throughout the summer, instead of just twice each year.
"I think we're on the right track this time," said Bill Wooer, Rainbow of Hope founder and member of its board of directors.
A grant from Rotary Charities spurred the initiative, Wooer said. He worked with SCORE volunteers to craft a business plan for the store, which he hopes will draw more visitors to the farm.
Residents will sell their crafts on a consignment basis. Some of the money generated at the store will be put toward buying more craft supplies.
Wooer is looking for volunteers to visit and teach Rainbow of Hope residents how to make something they can sell at the Red Shed Marketplace.
Bruce Denike, another Rainbow of Hope resident, showed off his work on a cloudy spring morning. He makes colorful yard art out of tin cans, candles in glass jars, bright silverware containers and necklaces. A painted yellow birdhouse is one of Denike's favorites.
Eleven residents live at Rainbow of Hope, six in adult foster care and five in independent apartments. There is room for three more people to move into apartments. Most residents are between 20 and 50 years old.