Goat yoga. It’s exactly how it sounds. It’s yoga, but with goats – and yes, it is a real thing here on the Space Coast.Luna Sage Acres, a small goat farm near the Melbourne/Palm Bay line, decided to get creative in helping people connect body and mind. The farm, which also is known for its goat milk soap, teamed up with local yoga instructor Joyce Jimenez to offer a one-of-a-kind experience: yoga … but with goats.So how does goat yoga work? It’s pretty simple, said Jimenez. She leads the class, while goats intermingle with participants. While you’re doing that downward-facing dog, you may have a goat nibbling on your water bottle or nudging you for a pat on the head. It makes the class light-hearted and fun, she said, not to mention it’s therapeutic.“Honestly it feels like it’s a class like no other. The goats are walking around, and it kind of uplifts the energy in the class,” said Jimenez. “…Goats are just a … [Read more...] about Goat yoga? Yes, it’s a real thing here in Brevard
Last month, officials at San Francisco International Airport hired a herd of part-time employees to toil on the west side of the property and engage in an unusual - but environmentally friendly - form of fire prevention.Anyone looking down from a plane departing the airport may have wondered, What's with the goats?For two weeks in June, Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice and nearly 400 other goats chomped on the brush in a remote corner of the airport. The area needs to be cleared each spring to protect nearby homes from potential fires. But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species - the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog - live there. TODAY IN THE SKY : Check back daily for the latest flight newsIt's not exactly the type of job you advertise in the local classifieds. So, for the past five years officials have turned to Goats R Us, a small brush-removal company run by Terri Oyarzun, her husband Egon and their son Zephyr.The airport paid … [Read more...] about S.F. airport hires herd of goats for fire prevention
SANDY HOOK, N.J. -- From the Spanish-American War through World War II, Fort Hancock's massive mortar battery defended New York Harbor from foreign invasion.Now the battery itself needs defending — from a proliferation of poison ivy that's slowly destroying the overgrown historic site.On Tuesday, the cavalry arrived, in the form of 11 Nubian goats from Upstate New York that happen to regard poison ivy and other pernicious plants as lip-smacking delicacies."It's a smorgasbord," said their owner, Larry Cihanek, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., as he watched his charges contentedly munching their way up a densely wooded trail marked "Keep Out, Hazardous Area." In less than an hour, the path looked noticeably wider."They're doing all the dirty work," said Betsy Barrett, president of the nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation, which is funding the goats-in-residence project through the end of the year, at a cost of about $12,000.Barrett said the clearing work is a necessary first step toward making the … [Read more...] about Goats sink their teeth into poison ivy problem
Goats are helping the USA go green.Cities, residents and even airports are bringing in herds to clear overgrown parcels of land as an alternative to using chemicals.The animals grabbed national headlines this past week as the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington brought them in to help trim down a 1.5-acre, overgrown area the cemetery owns. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport turned to goats recently, along with sheep and llamas, to feast on plants on 120 acres in the northeastern corner of the airport.These aren't the only places where goats have been used across the country in the past month. Haverford College in Pennsylvania is using them to eliminate invasive plants. And in Sandy Hook, N.J., they're helping remove about 40 years' worth of poison ivy from roughly 6 acres of property at the Mortar Battery, a historic site.The use of goats has been around worldwide for centuries, but they're now "catching on" in the eastern part of the country as a sustainable method to … [Read more...] about Armed to teeth, goats keep weeds in check across U.S.
Snowflake the goat has cornered me, nuzzling my hand as she nibbles on my jacket's zipper. "They're very affectionate," says urban goat pioneer Jennie Grant, who owns the 99-pound, white miniature LaMancha. Distracted by Snowflake, I hardly notice a smaller black goat closing in on me until she takes a bite out of my notebook. Behind the roughhewn milking platform, the view stretches out past pavement, streetlights and cars. This is the city, and these are city goats. Urban goat farming is part of a nationwide movement to eat food produced locally — sometimes as locally as our backyards. Successful efforts to legalize chickens in cities such as Chicago and New York paved the way, with ducks and bees gaining ground in many places too. But goats? It's been two hooves forward, one hoof back as the idea has spread to more cities. For every pro-goat Portland, Ore., or Oakland, Calif., there's been a Kansas City, Mo., or Minneapolis shutting the barn door on backyard ruminants. … [Read more...] about Would you want a neighbor with a pet goat?
It's a ba-a-a-a-a-ffling mystery. Abandoned goats keep turning up on a stretch of a Bronx highway. One young goat was found near the Hutchinson River Parkway in the east Bronx near where two others were found in July. The emaciated and sick male was discovered Tuesday on the grounds of a nursing home near the junction of I-95 South and the Hutch. That's the same area where two other goats, now named Isadora and Duncan, were rescued in late July. The goats now reside at Farm Sanctuary's shelter in upstate Watkins Glen. "It looks like the Hutchinson River Parkway has become something of an 'underground railroad' for goats looking to escape New York City's live markets with their lives," said Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director. After discovering the young goat, the nursing home director called the city's Animal Care & Control agency. She then placed the goat in the children's yard of the nursing home's daycare, where she and staff … [Read more...] about In ba-a-a-a-a-ffling mystery, third goat found wandering near Bronx highway
Watch out for these weapons of grass destruction. Goats grazing on National Park Service land at Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth managed to do what terrorists wished they could: They sneaked under a fence onto a restricted area near the base of the Verrazano Bridge - without triggering alarms, sources said. The MTA has invested a small fortune in police overtime, barricades, sensors, intrusion alarms and surveillance cameras to protect its property against trespassers. All that technology couldn't detect the four-legged intruders, which were ultimately spotted by a Bridge and Tunnel officer in a guard booth. "He must have thought he was hallucinating," said David Taft, acting assistant superintendent of the Park Service's Staten Island Unit. "The goats were taken into custody and turned over to the Army once it was determined not to be illegal aliens or agents of terror," said a source. The ravenous ruminants apparently thought the grass was … [Read more...] about Goats penetrate fence at heavily guarded base of Verrazano Bridge
At long last, a faint chill has crept into the Phoenix air and I suddenly find myself dreaming of goat.Isn’t that what everybody does when fall arrives?When it comes to Mexican food, for simple reasons of geography, the Valley maintains a nearly laser-like focus. As in Sonora, the Mexican state that flanks Arizona’s southern border, our own unique breed of border Mex has grown out of beans, chiles and wheat — the ingredients the desert gives us. But Mexico is a massive country with a countless variety of hyper-regional cuisines, and when the weather starts to cool off, my thoughts turn to birria, a goat stew from the central state of Jalisco.Like so many popular dishes whose precise roots have been lost in time, there are scads of variations on the dish, but the broad strokes are these:Birria is usually goat — sometimes mutton or beef — that has been marinated with adobo before being stewed, steamed or roasted. It’s sometimes … [Read more...] about Craving goat? 10 spots for birria, or Mexican goat stew, in Phoenix
This was one very baaaaaad idea. The combination of teen love and prom season compelled four Georgia teenage boys to steal a goat from the home of an ex-police officer in Milton Saturday night, police said. They told police one of them intended to use the goat to ask a girl "Would you goat with me to prom?" according to a police report obtained by the Daily News. They may have thought they were just kidding around, but the three 17 year-olds in the group were taken to jail last weekend. Brendan Lawler, Jacob Michels, Walker Boston and a 16-year-old juvenile male were charged with theft of livestock after allegedly stealing the family's 2-year-old pet goat Chip Saturday, Milton Interim Chief John A. Huey told The News. A neighbor told police he saw the four boys place something into one of their two vehicles and drive away. The neighbor said he confronted the suspects, but one told the witness he had a shotgun, the report states. The … [Read more...] about Georgia teenagers stole goat to use as prop to ask girl to prom: police
I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream — even goat's milk ice cream! That’s what the Daily News discovered after the Greenwich Village-based creamery Victory Garden sent over a sample of its “Victory Chocolate” and begged us to consider it for testing. Naaaaah, we initially said. It’ll be sour. It’ll be musky. It’ll make us want to chew cans. SOFT-SERVE ICE CREAM NOW AVAILABLE IN NYC IN FLAVORS LIKE STRAWBERRY-JALAPENO AND GIADUJA CHOCOLATE But then we had the intern do some research and discovered goat’s milk ice cream is healthier than superpremium fat bombs like Chubby Hubby from those two guys in Vermont or Salted Crack Caramel from Ample Hills in Brooklyn. For one thing, it’s lower in fat — five grams per half-cup versus 20 grams for the Ben & Jerry’s. And it’s only 160 calories — less than half that of the Chubby Hubby. Goat’s … [Read more...] about Goat’s milk ice cream passes the sniff test in the Daily News Taste Kitchen