We have a herd
of 14 goats & 1 hen
to share with you

Our herd of 14 goats & 1 hen
Now Resides at SE 92nd & Harold

Weekly Newsletter

We send these out once every Monday at the most. We'll try to hit the important highlights in case you're not religiously checking our Facebook and Twitter profiles on a daily basis.

Keep Them Happy, Healthy, & Accessible

We're only able to share the herd with the public thanks to the generous and ongoing financial contributions of our supporters.

News

Carl

Born likely in mid-2011. Joined in the Autumn of 2012 with his buddy Phil. One of the original goats in the herd.

Phil

Born likely in mid-2011. Joined in the Autumn of 2012 with his buddy Carl. One of the original goats in the herd.

Chester

Born likely in mid-2012. Joined in the Winter of 2012/13 with his brother Lefty. One of the earliest goats in the herd. Herd king. "Maybe daddy" to Atho & Winter.

Lefty

Born likely in mid-2012. Joined in the Winter of 2012/13 with his brother Chester. One of the earliest goats in the herd. "Maybe daddy" to Atho & Winter.

Bailey

Born likely late 2011. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with Duchess. Mom to Clover and Precious. Herd co-queen.

Duchess

Born likely in early 2012. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with Bailey. Mom to Atho and Winter. Herd co-queen.

Dusty

Born likely in January of 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his brother Hickory. One of the first skittish goats to become social.

Hickory

Born likely in January of 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his brother Dusty. One of the first skittish goats to become social.

Bambi

Born on April 25, 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with her brother Cooper, at 4-days old. Potential herd queen challenger?

Cooper

Born on April 25, 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his sister Bambi, at 4-days old. Intensively curious.

Clover

Born into the herd on September 1, 2013, along with her sister, Precious. Daughter of Bailey.

Precious

Born into the herd on September 1, 2013, along with her sister, Clover. Daughter of Bailey.

Atho

Born into the herd on December 21, 2013, along with his sister, Winter. Son of Duchess and either Chester or Lefty.

Winter

Born into the herd on December 21, 2013, along with her brother, Atho. Daughter of Duchess and either Chester or Lefty.

Juniper

Birthday unknown. Joined in March of 2014. We have 14 pet goats; they have 1 pet hen.

A little bit about us

The Belmont Goats provides urban public access to domestic goats within Portland, Oregon, and/or its surroundings. This experience also may be provided to specific communities deemed to benefit from such access. The Belmont Goats is “Portland’s resident herd”, offering an oasis of rural community amidst the built urban environment.

Originally residing at what was known colloquially as Goat Field (or, to the local development community, “the goat blocks”), two city blocks bounded by SE Belmont and Taylor Streets and SE 11th and 10th Avenues, The Belmont Goats were preceded by three summers of unrelated herds rented from Goat Rental NW and Sauvie Island Goat Rental to clear brush, part of an argicultural and social experiment pitched to developer Killian Pacific by landscape architect Brett Milligan.

After those first three years, Creative Woodworking NW—whose shop stands directly across the street from the property, and who’d helped care for those rented herds—arranged to have their own goats beginning in October of 2012. Unlike their predecessors, these goats would take up residence rather than be hired out to weed other property. That’s the herd which the Buckman neighborhood and the greater Portland community came to know and love over the course of the Spring and Summer of 2013, becoming, in the words of one supporter, the “nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community”.

In late October of 2013, after a year of uninterrupted residency, an approaching deadline to move the goats to make way for a long-anticipated development project raised the possibility of the herd being split up. Instead, a handful of its volunteer caretakers stepped up to purchase the herd in order to ensure that it remained intact, for the good of both the herd and the community—with the goal of finding a new publicly-accessible home.

While the herd no longer resides on SE Belmont Street, its new owners officially named them The Belmont Goats in recognition of the pioneering history of urban goats at Goat Field.

Early in October of 2014, at the invitation of the neighborhood and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, The Belmont Goats, initially in partnership with Green Lents, relocated to Lents Town Center onto land provided by the Portland Development Commission. In mid-May 2016, the herd relocated to another lot just two blocks away where we will reside into the first half of 2017.

Wherever the herd lives, we invite you to come inside during scheduled gate hours, visit through the fence at other times, or arrange special group visits. Some of our goats are even up for visits to other urban environments such as parades, schools, street fairs, senior communities.

From time to time we field inquiries from folks in the unfortunate position of needing to safely re-home their goats. Since we do not take on rescues, in such cases we instead make referrals to the following farm sanctuaries: Enchanted, Green Acres, Lighthouse, Out to Pasture, and Wildwood.

Hours

SAT/SUN: 11am-2pm
WED: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Also Groups By Appointment
Weather Permitting

Location

Lents Town Center
9330 SE Harold Street
Portland OR 97266
At SE 92nd Avenue

Transit

TriMet Buses 10, 14, 71
MAX Green Line
I-205 Multi-Use Path
Street Parking Only
Do Not Use Wattles Lot

Tips

Don't Bring Food
Pet & Scratch Only If They Want It
Respect the Horns
No Climbing or Running
Stay Out of the Barn

While we've moved to a new lot in Lents Town Center until the first half of 2017, we'll likely need a new home after that. We've revised our “Hosting the Belmont Goats: A Neighborhood How-To”, guide for communities interested in becoming our next temporary home.