SANTA FE – The Santa Fe Railyard Park is going to the goats.
On Tuesday, goat wrangler Amanita Thorp brought a herd of 17 sheep and 42 goats from her ranch south of the city to graze on native grasses planted in the Railyard near the corner of Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street.
The herd, penned in by a moveable solar electric fence, will be conducting its “goatscaping” operation through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goats were originally scheduled to be in town from Oct. 28-30, but Monday’s graze was canceled due to inclement weather.
The event, dubbed “Graze Days,” is designed to raise public awareness about the benefits of using goatscaping to clear underbrush instead of chemicals, weed mowers or fire. Goats have been used by the cities of Pittsburgh and Atlanta to groom park areas, but this year marks the first time that they have been employed in Santa Fe, said Shannon Palermo, program coordinator for the Railyard Park Conservancy.