GOAT GRAZING IN THE RAILYARD PARK
For 3 consecutive days starting on October 28th, goats and sheep will return to the Railyard Park, continuing the restoration work they embarked on during the Railyard Park Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration festival. If you didn’t catch them earlier this year, the Conservancy is inviting the public to stop by the Railyard Park between 11am – 4pm from October 28-30 to get a closer look at the holistic work these animals are doing that no human could. Those that come will see the herd prune back old growth from shrubs, remove seed heads from invasive plants, fertilize the soil and nurture soil microbes – all while making it all look so easy.
This is a continuation of Graze Days, a 3 year project which employs sheep and goat grazers in this urban grassland restoration effort. The Railyard Park Conservancy is partnering with the Quivira Coalition and the City of Santa Fe to rebuild soil nutrients and structure, and restore the health of the native Blue Grama grasses and other native plantings on the corner of Cerrillos Rd. and Guadalupe St. Professional goat herder Amanita Thorp and her team at Horned Locust Goatscaping, will move and manage the herd across approximately 2 acres of grassland in targeted pockets designated for prescribed grazing. The Santa Fe based non-profit Quivira Coalition, who specialize in building biodiversity and resilience on working lands, are helping to guide the Railyard Park Conservancy and the City of Santa Fe in this groundbreaking pilot project.