For five days in August, residents and guests noticed some unusual landscapers at the community. To help control invasive buckthorn shrub that had sprouted around the campus, 40 goats provided a natural alternative to chemicals and other unsustainable methods of vegetation management. Buckthorn is known as the invasion weed and is considered so dangerous in disrupting ecosystems, that it’s actually illegal to sell in the state of Illinois.
The goats, which were provided by a Wisconsin farmer, were enclosed behind a safe and temporary low-voltage electric fence. Otherwise, the animals would’ve roamed freely on the premises and grazed to their heart’s desire.
This innovative and environmental initiative was featured by The Daily Herald. Click here to read the story.