The NewCanaanite.com Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Carriage Barn Arts Center. In an effort to provide a pesticide-free solution to a growing number of invasive plants, the New Canaan Nature Center on Thursday introduced four goats into one of its pastures. The introduction of the goats is the Nature Center’s first such project “of what we hope is many,” according to Bill Flynn, the organization’s executive director.
“Because of our land management plan, we chose not to use chemicals to tackle invasive species, and goats are a non-chemical way to do that,” Flynn said as he stood near a half-acre field in the northern section of the Nature Center. About 20 volunteers had prepared the pasture the day before by installing fencing and a shelter for the animals.
The area is “full of” invasive vines, Flynn said. “Bittersweet, we have a huge mugwort problem on our property,” he said.