You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a college course you can't find at Ohio State University, but City Folk's Farm Shop may have done it.

You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a college course you can't find at Ohio State University, but City Folk's Farm Shop may have done it.

Goat College is coming Sunday, Feb. 28, to the Clintonville shop -- not for goats with dreams of a better life, but for central Ohio residents who might be thinking of keeping a goat or two.

Annie Warmke, co-owner of the Blue Rock Station "experiment in green living" farm near Zanesville, will teach Goat College in conjunction with Simply Living at City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St.. The course is set from 1 to 3 p.m.

The fee of $35 includes an electronic version of Warmke's book, Naturally Healthy Goat Reference Guide.

"Goat keeping is a growing trend in both urban and rural areas," reads the announcement of the class. "Whether you are interested in creating your own goat herd, or adding to an existing one, this workshop will help you gain confidence in what type of goats to keep, milking, trimming hooves, how to maintain the health of a goat naturally to avoid some needlessly costly vet services and much more."

"The thing about goats is, they're the most incredible animal in the world," Warmke said in an interview.

According to the website of the International Kiko Goat Association Inc., goat meat is the most widely consumed meat in the world, with few, if any, religious taboos limiting its consumption.

"In this country, they act like they're the scourge of the earth," Warmke said.

Goats are the most-kept agricultural animal in the world, she added.

Warmke has been keeping goats on and off since she was 17, since her father brought home a goat he won in a poker game. She added her father, who kept a "gentleman farm," was at the time choir director at Beechwold Christian Church.

"I really like them," Warmke said of goats. "Especially for a woman, they're easy to manipulate. When they step on you, they don't break your foot."

The timing of the workshop -- and another daylong one set for April 16 at Blue Rock Station -- couldn't be better, Warmke said; in December, Columbus officials approved regulations for keeping domestic goats in the city.

"I think there's going to be a lot more people interested," she said.

Warmke noted goats are such strictly herd animals that they don't thrive individually. It's best, she said, to have at least two.

For Simply Living, a nonprofit organization based on Indianola Avenue with a goal of "creating a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation," Goat College is part of a broader new initiative, Executive Director Sarah Edwards said.

The effort involves finding experts in fields such as goat herding, detoxing a home and community-building, then creating opportunities for them to pass on their knowledge, she said.

"What we've found is people really want to learn about issues of sustainability and learn more about things that can help them in the natural world," Edwards said. "We are going to become a kind of hub for this information that is out there. It's not gangbusters yet, but I can tell you I'm getting calls from people all the time who want to teach classes."

As of Monday, Feb. 22, three of the 10 available slots for the Feb. 28 Goat College remained open.

To register, visit For more information, email Warmke at or Edwards at