Castlemaine Permaculture Hub

Find out if goats are a good fit for your life.

Intro to Keeping Goats

Saturday 13th April

9.30am - 4.00pm

About the course

Thinking of keeping goats? This one-day workshop will help you decide if goats are a good fit for your life.

Goats are the ideal homesteader’s companion – they can provide milk, meat, weed control and are endlessly entertaining.

We will run through the various practical considerations for keeping goats, with plenty of time to answer all your questions about goats and goat keeping – as well as the chance to interact with some friendly goats.

This workshop will be held at renown permaculture property Melliodora, where there has been a household dairy goat system running for three decades.

We'll explore

  • the benefits of goats in a system, their yields (eg milk, meat) and the services they can provide (eg vegetation control, joy and companionship)

  • the needs of goats and how these needs can best be met

  • social life and personality of goats, and how an understanding of these is essential in goat husbandry

  • options for feeding goats, including useful plant species

  • whether goats are a good fit for your life and situation

  • the joys of goat keeping, and the potential issues

What the workshop involves

  • the basic time, energy and infrastructure requirements needed for keeping goats

  • basic goat management techniques

  • practical tips on goat keeping

  • classroom time discussing the basics of goat management

  • meet some goats, explore their place in a system and look at the infrastructure

  • personal reflection and small group discussion on your personal circumstances – are goats right for you?

  • plenty of time for questions – there’s no such thing as a silly question!

  • connect with a community of other goat-minded folk

  • a take-home set of notes for further study and reflection

Who's it for!

  • ANYONE who is considering keeping goats but doesn’t know where to start

  • ANYONE thinking about how to be more self-sufficient, especially in household protein requirements

  • ANYONE exploring options for woody weed control such as blackberries or gorse

  • FYI – no prior knowledge assumed

• Lunch
• A pad and pen to take notes
• Fully enclosed, sturdy shoes

Beck is my first port of call whenever I have issues with my goats. She is incredibly knowledgable and intuitive in her responses to my questions. Trusting Beck's no-nonsense wisdom means I have a happy, thriving herd.

About the tutor

Beck Lowe is a goat-lover who has been keeping goats for over twenty years on her permaculture farm on Taungurung country.

She is a knowledgeable and respected central Victorian permaculture educator and wordsmith – well-known in central Victoria as a lead tutor on the long-running Castlemaine Permaculture Design Course. She has over two decades of permaculture teaching experience and formal qualifications in zoology, permaculture and sustainable agriculture.

Beck is particularly passionate about integrating domestic animals into permaculture systems to create win-win-win situations benefiting the land, animals and people. She is also passionate about helping people, households and communities become more resilient, self-sufficient and live more lightly on the earth. This workshop combines both passions!

Beck Lowe


limited places

Intro to keeping goats


$100 concession

Full Price

After 25th September

$130 or $100 concession

Early Bird


$80 concession

Save up to $20 before 25th September

Full Price AFTER 25 SEPTEMBER is $130 or $100 concession

  • Castlemaine Permaculture Hub reserves the right to cancel workshops and courses due to insufficient numbers.
  • If we cancel the course you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
  • If you decide to withdraw 14 or more days prior to the course commencement date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will refund 90% of your payment, retaining 10% to cover administration fees, merchant facility credit card fees and advertising to fill your place.
  • If you decide to withdraw 7 to 14 days prior to the course commencement date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will refund 50% of your payment, retaining 50% to cover filling your place, administration, and merchant facility credit card fees.
  • If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the course date Castlemaine Permaculture Hub will retain 100% of your course payment.
  • You may postpone your booking to a future course at no charge providing you notify us more than 7 days before the start of the course.
  • Should Castlemaine Permaculture Hub have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or course. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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