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Kudzu eating goats return to Trade Street

A herd of goats munch on Kudzu as part of Pacolet Area Conservancy’s “Kudzu Eradication – Powered by Goats!” project. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

A herd of goats munch on Kudzu as part of Pacolet Area Conservancy’s “Kudzu Eradication – Powered by Goats!” project. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

The 2-acre Town of Tryon lot has been pretty quiet for the past few months, but after being away for nearly three months, the goats have returned to eat up the Kudzu that has regrown on the site.

Wells Farm delivered the goats and a guard dog to the site in early October.  This is a continuation of the Pacolet Area Conservancy’s “Kudzu Eradication – Powered by Goats!” project funded by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundations Unrestricted Fund.

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), in partnership with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for Polk County, is planning a free educational field day at the 2-acre Town of Tryon lot on Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Representatives from PAC and the Cooperative Extension will be onsite to talk to the public about the project and the importance of eradicating non-native and invasive species from the area in order to restore native plants to the landscape.

Polk County High School Senior, Will Ballard, will also be on site to assist with the educational field day.  He will help explain the pros and cons to utilizing goats for Kudzu control.

For more information,  contact PAC by phone at 828-859-5060, e-mail landprotection@pacolet.org, or visit www.pacolet.org.

– article submitted by Pam Torlina