Visitors to a New York City park are being treated to an unusual sight this week as a herd of goats devours an overgrown garden. (Sept. 9)
CANDACE THOMPSON: We are having some non-human collaborators come in and help us manage some of our weed problems. So we have 20 goats that are here this week helping us eat our bindweed, our mulberries, our hackberries, and any of the over abundant species we have here in the park.
So let's see. There's Skittles and Cheech. For me to compost this much plant-- or this much biomass is just an insane amount of work. These goats in a matter of three days are going to take all of this plant matter, eat it, and poop it out as fertilizer that'll make this garden perfect for growing a bunch of native edible plants next spring.
You guys, how do you feel about goats? Yes or no. Funnily enough, Gotham is a name for New York City. And it's-- gotham is an old English word for place where goats live. Not only do they help me manage this and make this land more fertile, they also offer an interesting thing for the community.
TOM JENKINS: Very nice, water, goats, the greenery.
JACKIE TOSCANO: I think it's great for city people to know that there's other ways that are more natural. And that our world can be really small and things can be done locally and more healthfully.
- Do you know if this one's pregnant?
CANDACE THOMPSON: No, he's just fat.