SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland has found a unique way to trim their grass and it doesn’t require a lawnmower. Instead, they’re using goats!
"They have a cute little system where they eat for about an hour and then sit down for ten minutes. They just do that all day from sun up to sun down,” said Harriet Abigail Ward.
The 17-year-old is in charge of watching her family’s goats. The pair was brought to the church as part of a three week experiment to see if they could help reduce noise and air pollution.
"They can help reduce and limit fossil fuels. So if you can imagine these large grounds which are about six acres and huge mowers that come and the gas that's needed to transport and run them and here we have this quiet pastoral, gentle use of the goats and the goats are adding fertilizer as they go along,” explained Harriet Abigail’s mother Bethany.
Bethany is the Director of Life Span Faith Development for the Church.
She said they have all kinds of eco-friendly projects on the property. Over in the parking lot, there’s a solar array that generates electricity and right next door is a perma-culture garden with edible plants.
"The response has been nothing but positive. I've really felt a strong sense of community where people are gathering, children are wanting to pet the goats and people asking questions, so the experiment is not just how well can the lawn be kept, but there's also an educational component as well,” she said.
The goats are available for rent. It costs about $45 for a five-hour day.
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