Town puts goats to work for cheap

October 17, 2009 12:38:02 PM PDT
A Boston suburb has some new landscapers that will work for food -- a half-dozen goats clearing and maintaining an overgrown public meadow. Under a pilot program in Andover, Lucy McKain's dairy goats will rotate their grazing around the meadow for an all-you-can-eat buffet of grass, brush and other growth. The goats can clear as much as a half acre every three days at no cost.

The fact it's free is important to Andover officials, since money is tight and they couldn't afford the heavy equipment, fuel and labor needed to clean up the meadow. Plus, goat landscaping is environmentally friendly.

If the program is a success, Andover officials want to make more public parkland available to other grazing animals.

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