This isn’t the first time NYC’s enlisted the help of some furry friends, back in 2017 they brought in some goats to help with the pesky weed problem in Prospect park.
Riverside Park Conservancy decided that bringing in a new heard of goats (in a project titled Goatham) would be the smartest move to help with the invasive plant problem in a closed off section between 119th and 125th street in the park. Yesterday, 24 little critters from a local farm were brought in to reside in the area for the summer and munch on weeds to their heart’s content. You might be wondering why goats seemed like the best animals for the job, right?
Firstly, they’re comfortable being on a sloped terrain and can navigate around it fairly easily and secondly, although Porcelain Berry, Wineberry, Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose and Poison Ivy are a nuisance to a healthy functioning environment, they’re absolutely delicious to goats (who can actually eat up to 25% of their body weight in a day). Their poop is of course nutrient filled and perfect for the soil, so you could definitely call it a win-win solution: it’s sustainable, chemical-free and time efficient!
Read more about the initiative here.
Date: May 21st – August 30th
featured image: flickr