The Earth is our playground; Middletown is our home.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On Saturday, April 26, 2014, head over to Poricy Park for a morning of fun, games, and education  as we kick off the Township's Grazing Goats project! In order to go back to the simpler and more eco-friendly times, we will now be using goats as our biological lawn mowers! A small goat pen, separate from the grazing area, will be featured at Earth Day to give visitors the opportunity to personally interact with the goats, learn about their habits, and most importantly educate visitors about the problem of invasive plants and benefits of native vegetation.

The Township's Grazing Goats project is made possible by a Sustainable Jersey $10,000 Small Grant. The goats will work in teams within a double-fenced, 2-acre area at Poricy Park to remove invasive vegetation. They will be hard at work, grazing over the subject area during the 2014 Spring and Summer. Volunteers will maintain their daily water supply while the farmer will provide a safe environment for the goats and park users.

 

Invasive plants and species kill the native plants that create vegetative diversity within Middletown’s beautiful parks. With the help of our goat friends, the invasive plants and species will flee our beautifully diverse home.

Other events for the day include a “Touch-a-Truck” display of a variety of Public Works vehicles including our brand new CNG truck, displays by Clean Communities, the Middletown Environmental Commission, the Middletown Green Team, an informative hike by Poricy Park, and crafts for the kids! So come and join us for a day of fun from 10:30 am to 1:30 PM at Poricy Park Conservancy, 345 Oak Hill Rd, Red Bank (GPS)