Africa and her kid Chico, were introduced to the campus earlier this week to reduce the university's reliance on herbicides in maintaining the grounds, according to college staff
The latest additions to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, retired show goat Africa and her kid Chico, were introduced to the campus earlier this week to reduce the university's reliance on herbicides in maintaining the grounds, according to college staff.
Peter Romero, director of facilities and security, first had the idea to bring goats onto the campus and said via email that there are a number of perks to introducing the foraging animals onto the campus. The goats "(reduce) the use of herbicides and the cost of labor," wrote Romero. "It’s also just a feel-good thing. It’s an environmentally friendly answer to getting what we need accomplished."
The goats will reside in an on-campus enclosure during the evenings and will be incorporated into a regular "goatscaping" regimen. Romero said that if the program continues to go smoothly, he'd like to grow the program into a tribe of six goats.
As for interacting with students, Romero said that Africa's mellow nature as a retired show goat is an ideal match for her surroundings.
University marketing coordinator Lauren Linsalata agrees: "It might seem like a small gesture, but anything we can do to keep the campus a little greener matters a lot," she said. "SFUAD is a small community, but adding Chico and his mom to the family is going to be a lot of fun."