Monday, April 25, 2011

Got Goats?


The University of Maryland's Public Health Garden sure does!

As so many of our friends, family, fellow students and co-workers are aware, the UMD Public Health Garden team is working hard to clear weeds, grow seeds, and break ground in the garden space next month. A fun and exciting part of that plan, which includes 25-30 weed-eating goats from our friends and colleagues at Eco-Goats, will be highlighted with several demonstrations hosted by Brian Knox (of Eco-Goats) and the PHG Gals on Monday May 2nd at the garden site: Between the School of Public Health & Eppley Recreation Center. UMD IAA students are invited to attend the demonstration with yours truly at 11:00am. There will be additional demonstrations at 1:00pm and 3:00pm as well as nightly events.

The official Eco-Goat kickoff party starts at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 1st. While the goats fill up on thistle, the Public Health Garden gang will be sharing pizza with all our guests. Stop by anytime before 10:00pm!

We've got several weekend activities as well. Stop by on Maryland Day (Saturday, April 30th) to enter to win a small herb garden and paint/plant your own sustainable container garden (while supplies last) with our resident expert Allison Lilly, of Adventures in Container Gardening. If you'd like to go a step further and volunteer with us, please sign-up here.

Just in case you haven't seen it, check out our final design in this very cool video:

9 comments:

becky said...

Great plans!!

Deb said...

Here is a breakdown of activities:
Saturday April 30, 10 am- 4pm: Maryland Day at the Public Health Garden
We will be on site at the Public Health Garden with plant give-aways, seed give-aways, containers to paint and plant, and other fun activities.
If you want to volunteer with us, sign up here: http://publichealthgarden.blogspot.com/p/volunteer-sign-ups.html
Visit our collaborators all over campus including (but not limited to) the School of Public Health, Institute of Applied Agriculture, Landscape Architecture Department, Facilities Management Department, Office of Sustainability, Rooftop Garden, etc.
Rooftop Garden Party: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110699492347740
Sunday May 1, 5-10 pm: Goats and Gardens Part I
Stop by and visit us at the Public Health Garden to watch the Eco Goats (http://www.eco-goats.com/) eat our unwanted plants on our site. We will have discussions about sustainable agriculture, free food, some music, and other activities outside! We will also have some plant and seed give-aways.
Feel free to bring additional snacks, food or refreshments to share with fellow goat-watchers :)
Monday, May 2, 11-12, 1-2, or 3-4 pm: Sustainable Agriculture and Goats Demo
We are offering three different times to come meet Brian Knox of Eco-Goats to talk with him about sustainable agriculture and the use of goats for land management.
Monday, May 2, 5-10 pm: Goats and Gardens Part II
Stop by and visit us at the Public Health Garden to watch the Eco Goats (http://www.eco-goats.com/) eat our unwanted plants on our site. We will have discussions about sustainable agriculture, free food, some music, and other activities outside! We will also have some plant and seed give-aways.

Dan Douglass said...

Nice work! This will definitely interest the community. Just saw this on Treehugger (a Maryland company) and thought you would enjoy some of the ideas.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/biopesticides-farm-pensions-school-salads-farm-camps-win-nrdc-awards.php

Deborah said...

Thanks, Dan! I am going to pass this along to the girls who have been submitting grants for the project to various organizations. Did we meet you yesterday at Maryland Day? It was a blast. Come on by and see the goats today if you are around!

Dan Douglass said...

Hey Deb. We met @ the IAA open house last month. I submitted my application so will hopefully see you in the fall.

Deb said...

Duh. Yes. Hiiiee! Will definitely see you in the fall!!

Anonymous said...

So sorry I missed out on this event! LM

Anonymous said...

Did check out video design...Amazing! LM

Deborah said...

We missed having you there, LM. But don't worry... there are going to be PLENTY of fun garden events throughout the spring, summer, fall... ;-) PS - Love you bunches.