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Working to bring back the weed eating goats to Bear Creek Park

Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 14:57:43-04

The Bear Creek Garden Association is working to raise the necessary money to fund the return of the famous weed eating goat herd that has visited Bear Creek Park for more than 20 years.

The non-profit has been operating the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden for more than 30 years and each October, since 1999, the group has hired a massive herd of goats to graze the 20 acre area surrounding the garden to destroy noxious weeds.

The horde of herbivores usually numbers about 500 strong and is utilized as an alternative to the usage of herbicides near the garden's 104 plots.

According to the association, the goats not only mitigate the spread of undesired weeds but help to stir up the garden's soil as well as provide useful fertilizer.

In previous years, the event has provided not only an interesting spectacle for Springs residents but also an educational opportunity for local schools.

Each year the Bear Creek Garden Association works to raise about $10,000 in order to hire the same herder to come out to El Paso County. This year they have yet to meet their goal and are seeking public assistance.

To learn more about the garden or how you can get involved, CLICK HERE.