Oct 23, 2011 2:16 PM by Matt Stafford

Goats grazing the gardens

You may have seen hundreds of goats at Bear Creek Regional Park in El Paso County. They're being used to get rid of weeds. There are federal and state laws saying that parks -- like Bear Creek -- have to keep certain weeds under control.

Instead of going through and picking them out of all 20 acres, the Community Gardens group brought in some leaf-eaters; about 500 goats.

For food, the goats actually prefer the weeds that the park has to control; letting them run loose can help get the job done. Plus the grazing -- and the manure left behind -- leaving the park and gardens looking nice.

"We are organic gardens and the organic gardens don't want sprays around them at all; besides, the goats do a much more efficient job than the spray," Char Nymann, a member of the Bear Creek Community Gardens.

The goats will be at Bear Creek Park for ten more days.



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