Our family is a member of the Central Oregon Goat Association (COGA) which is a great resource for anyone interested in goats. Once a year COGA hosts a “Goat Education Day” as a community service and fundraiser. The event is FREE, however, donations are appreciated. The funds raised primarily benefit 4-H kids. This year the “Goat Education Day” will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. until around 4 p.m. I am waiting to find out exactly what classes are offered this year, but in past years there has been a class on how to take care of goat kids, a goat-cheese making class, a butter making class, a class on cooking goat meat, and a class demonstrating how to make goat milk soap. There are 3 blocks of one hour classes with about 3 classes offered each block, so you have some choices and tough decisions.
My class is during the first block, so it will start bright and early at 8:00 am. I will make a small batch of goat milk soap and explain the process and share the recipe so you can make it at home. In fact, the soap I make during the class uses ingredients you can buy at the grocery store: olive oil, coconut oil, and lard. Of course, you will also need goat milk and sodium hydroxide (lye) (which can be purchased at Ace Hardware in the plumbing section).
The “Goat Education Day” is held at Bluestone Gardens & Landscape, LLC, 12555 SW Hwy 126, in Powell Butte. It is a beautiful outdoor location – although in the past it has been quite windy and chilly. Bad Boys Barbeque provides a great lunch you can purchase during the lunch break. There are usually several vendors (yes, Sweet Mamas Soap Co. is one of them). If you have kids, they may enjoy seeing the farm animals that live at the site. The day ends with a raffle drawing and the most popular items each year are the baby goats!