Thursday, October 28, 2010

They're baaack ...

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

The goats, that is.

Perhaps you remember this from the past times the goats paid us a visit, but just in case you've forgotten, there are a few points to keep in mind:

1) Goats love to eat just about anything.
2) Weeds love to grow just about anywhere.
3) If you have goats, you don't need a weedwacker.

Hungry for more information? Here you are:

The Weed-Eating Goats are Returning to Bear Creek Park

The Bear Creek Garden Association announces that Lani Malmberg and her herd of 700-800 weed-eating goats are returning to Bear Creek Park the afternoon of November 2nd for a week or more of grazing in a twenty acre area adjacent to the organic community vegetable garden. The gardeners raise money year round through grants our annual cornstalk sale, sale of our “Sarge” book about Lani’s head weed eating goat and donations from the public and gardeners to fund the grazing. Public donations in response to a recent appeal have made this year’s grazing possible. The public is encouraged to come and see the goats in the park, and donate to the goat fund.

The goat grazing project manages weeds near the garden and protects the garden from chemical sprays used by the county parks department to control the weeds in the rest of Bear Creek Park. The goats are beneficial in other ways as well, working the soil with their hooves to till the land and plant the grass seeds spread by our volunteers and paid for by the garden association. They also fertilize the area with their droppings. If left in an area they eat the brush as well and minimize the fire danger. They are used in California and many dry areas for fire control as well as weed control.

Lani Malmberg has a Masters degree in weed science from Colorado State University. She speaks regularly at conferences throughout the country to alert the public and land managers to the dangers of herbicide and pesticide use and to educate them in alternative methods of weed control. Ms. Malmberg is on the board of “Beyond Pesticides”, Washington D.C. based group. She manages up to 2,500 goats in smaller herds moving them steadily with the help of her son, Donnie, and other herders, year round from site to site in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and California.

Articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times show the prominence of goat grazing in the eastern states and Los Angeles, Seattle, and many other western states rely on them to control the weeds and for fire control.

Donations to the Bear Creek Garden Association Goat Fund are tax-deductible and may be sent to P.O. Box 38326, Colorado Springs, CO 80937-8326.

Goats ... and what appears to be a donkey.
  • Goats ... and what appears to be a donkey.

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