Today’s episode is all about goat grazing. Not only are goats absolutely adorable, they also reduce fire hazard, support native plant growth and soil health, and their poop is an amazing aid in carbon sequestration. Here in San Francisco, if you think you have a growing fire hazard in your backyard, an organization called City Grazing will bring a herd of goats to you, to chomp away at the invasive blackberry bushes and ivy that could fuel the fire. City Grazing’s executive director Genevieve Church speaks with producer Kristin Tieche on Mount Sutro, an open space preserve on a hillside next to University of California San Francisco (otherwise known as UCSF), where years of extreme drought have created a real fire hazard. The goats have been hired to munch away at the ground cover that could fuel a wildfire and endanger nearby residents.
Check out their website at citygrazing.org
From City Grazing’s website: “City Grazing is a San Francisco-based goat landscaping non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable land management and fire risk reduction through outreach, education, and implementation of goat grazing. An environmentally beneficial solution to weed control, we rent out goats to clear public and private land. Whether you have an acre or an overgrown backyard, our goats would be eager to eat your weeds and aid in fire prevention naturally. When they are not out on the job our herd lives on pasture in San Francisco’s Bayview district between the SF Bay Railroad and Bay Natives Nursery.”
Produced and created by Kristin Tieche. Edited by Gregory Haddock. All music used in today’s show is by Ketsa and the Free Music Archive via Creative Commons Licensing.
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