It seems than in today's "green" society (which we here at FTI are are huge supporters of with our regularly scheduled and observed Green Sunday feature), one of the newest ideas gaining traction is an age old one. Developers and landowners wishing to clear lots, hillsides, and any other coveted areas for use are forgoing the use of herbicides or gas powered weed whackers and are returning to nature. That's right: they are renting the services of goats to clear large areas of ground of unwanted vegetation. Goats have a very strong digestive system which allows them to eat most weeds that other foraging animals wouldn't eat. In addition, the digestive system of the goat actually causes the seeds of the weeds they eat to be sterile, so, in following years, there are not as many weeds in that same area.
The hillside surrounding the FTI compound is comparable to the ground that is described above. Thistles, weeds, and deep underbrush seem to be the norm in this area. The FTI Physical Plant/Landscaping department suggested this method to our rotating Executive committee during a recent meeting to clear the vegetation in preparation for the construction of our brand new bocci ball court. Everyone seemed fine with this idea and a motion to go ahead and contract with the owner of some local goats for this same type of service failed, however, to generate a second one to be carried.
I guess the FTI commissary staff doesn't want to lose their garden to a bocci ball court.