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Goats Eat Their Way Through Invasive Plants - Brevard NC


Under the watchful eye of Cheryl Searcy, Sally and her co-workers make a beeline for the woods above Rice Street Community Garden and the tasty-looking weeds and other vegetation. (Courtesy photos)

Recently, a herd of six goats arrived apparently eager to work in the woods just above Rice Street Community Garden in an area owned by St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

The targets of the hard-working goats were English ivy, multi-flora rose, burning bush and other invasive plants.

Of course, Reuben and Sally and their co-workers couldn't tell the difference between good plants and bad plants.

"They don't eradicate the invasives," said Ron Searcy, the goats' owner. "But they make them manageable."

Along with the good plants, the goats feast on the invasives, which then can be controlle...

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