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Casa Verde: Google Rents Goats For Lawn Mowing Alternative

Lately, I've been showing you ways to go green without spending money, since being eco-friendly isn't always about dollar bills. Sometimes, though, all it takes to get into the earth's circle of friends is to spend your money differently.
Google knows what I'm talking about. The Internet monster has switched up its lawn maintenance routine by abandoning a lawn-mowing service for a more holistic approach — the service of goats. To trim the fields at its Mountain View, CA, headquarters, Google has hired the folks at California Grazing to bring about 200 goats and goat-herding border collies to the office for a week to clear weeds and eliminate brush-fire hazards. The service costs about the same as mowing, curbs air and noise pollution (except a few bahhhhs), and eliminates gas usage. Would you consider doing the same at your home?

Jean-Ma Jean-Ma 8 years
I'm one of those who approves "employing" goats to serve as lawn mowers. But I wonder, how about the flowers, herb, vegetable plants nearby? They're gonna eat that too! Just curious... Jean Ma
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
I love the idea. specially for companies or people with very large lawn areas. in my neighborhood my house backs up against a very large span of land that is a part of the area my association cuts...unfortunately they tend to do it at 630 or 7am on friday or saturday morning (usually one of those days I get to sleep in). I wish they'd use goats! lol
charlotteannette charlotteannette 8 years
my family has some property in the country that had gotten really overgrown, so we kept some pet goats for a few years and they definitely ate EVERYTHING in sight. talk about clear-cutting!! it got expensive with feeding them and vet visits and getting them "fixed," so I would not recommend getting goats unless you are up for a committment--but renting them is a great idea!!
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
What about the grass-eating goat output? Does this service come with waste removal?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hahahahhaha my parents have two Nubian goats but they don't eat as much grass as you would think.
amanda_sooner amanda_sooner 8 years
I hate the sound of lawn mowers SO much and the only solution I had known of until now for that was electric lawn mowers. So cool. I want to see the border collies in action- that would be so neat =)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
That is awesome!
Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
That is genius!
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Yes. But wouldn't I have to SUPERVISE the goat?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
cokerad cokerad 8 years
My fiance's small rural hometown does this. They've been doing it since before motors were invented and never thought to change their ways. It would be awesome, but no farm animals in city limits.
humangirl humangirl 8 years
Maybe it's because I grew up in the country, but I'd much rather wake up to the sound of a small herd of goats bleating than the weed whackers and leaf blowers of the apartment maintenance crew.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
my college does this They got in trouble with the teamsters, because the teamsters had a contract with the school. "In July, a Teamsters local in Oakland, Calif., protested Mills College's use of goats to clear brush on its land. Since the union has a contract with Mills, a Teamsters official said the college should either replace the goats with its members, or unionize the goats. "
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
I have always wanted a goat for that reason.
vunder vunder 8 years
Goats are kind of cute.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
um No. Our homeowners association has rules against livestock on the properties. This would not fly with them at all.. but then again we live in the desert and we don't have very many lawns around here.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
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