May 14, 2012
Brian Knox, owner of Eco-Goats, loads a herd of goats hired to clear a dense, overgrown woods of invasive species and vegetation in Davidsonville. These voracious eaters are a natural solution to a natural problem. The goats eat almost every plant, including poison ivy. The seeds of invasive species are digested and expelled and can't germinate. Knox puts up two layers of fencing, one a solar electric fence, and the goats are turned loose in a one-acre area. Within four to seven days, vegetation is literally licked clean. The business started four years ago when Knox reconnected with friends Richard and Shannon Garden, who owned the 50 goats. Since then, the herd has grown to about 125.
The Washington Post