Try saying that fast eight times. I’ve seen goats on the East Bay Hills in the summer, along the freeway borders and in the parks. It’s a refreshing site to beholdâ€¦but just glimpsing, as I’m usually driving.
|A gaggle of goats|
Google has decided to forgo lawn mowers in favor of more eco-friendly goats to trim its Mountain View headquarters.
This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we’ve rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we’re not “kidding”). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.
Back in January we talked about Arizona doing the same thing for brush at a wastewater treatment plant. Seems to be a catchy idea, and very smart…plus it’s likely the goats enjoy a change of scenery and tasty scrub. It makes us wonder how this reduces the company’s carbon footprint…