Grant sought for goats by Garden Association

       The Board of County Commissioners at its Oct. 23 meeting approved a letter of support for a grant application by the Bear Creek Garden Association that would help fund the goats it has used in the past for weed control around its organic community gardens at Bear Creek Regional Park.
       Under an agreement with El Paso County Parks, the volunteer association is responsible for weeding about 20 acres that border the garden. The county gives the association the same amount of money per acre that it uses for mowing and chemical spraying to keep weeds down elsewhere.
       Because goats cost more, the association, which believes in organic gardening methods, has been unable to afford hiring goat-herders for the past two years.

Westside Pioneer from press release