Goats..in the city? Garfield Park Conservatory Hosts Goats This Summer

6/6/2012

WHO:
Two adult goats along with four baby goats (pair of twins) can be seen browsing in the City Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory this summer.
 
WHERE:
Garfield Park Conservatory’s City Garden located behind the Conservatory (west of the facility.)
300 N. Central Park Ave.
 
WHEN:
For one week each month during Conservatory hours which are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
  • June 2 – 8 
  • July 7 – 13
  • August 4 – 10
  • September 8 – 14
  • October 6 – 12
Please call ahead to ensure goats are not out sick!
 
MORE:
We are asking patrons NOT to touch or feed the goats please. 
 
These goats belong to a Westside Chicago resident who is experimenting with how small farm animals benefit the urban landscape and life in the city.  People and goats have lived side-by-side for over 10,000 years, and today’s city dwellers are starting to realize the benefits. 
 
A browser eats leaves, green stems, and bark, while a grazer eats mostly grasses. Think of them both as natural mowers. They can clear a vacant lot of weeds in no time!
 
Browsers and grazers have been part of Garfield Park’s history. William Le Baron Jenney, the architect who designed Garfield Park in the 1870’s, imagined a country space in the city where farm animals roamed pastoral meadows. At long last, goats are browsing in Garfield Park!
 
 

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