Ewe-niversally Green is a landscaping service in Georgia with a green twist - they use goats (and dogs) to clear up overgrown properties. I accidentally discovered them while following an Internet rabbit hole (thank you very much, Pinterest...)! They were featured here, helping new home owners reclaim their jungle of a yard from invasive ivy and other sprawling plants that threatened to engulf their space.
Their sheep and goats, contained by a portable solar-powered electric fence and herded/ protected by sheepdogs, cheerfully munch properties clean of unwanted overgrowth. Why does this make me happy?
- It costs less than bringing in traditional landscape services, making property maintenance and improvement more accessible to home owners.
- It provides valuable work for dog breeds like border collies who need work to thrive - and who often end up in kennels or rescue farms because people can't give them work or handle the anxious behavior that results without it.
- It's environmentally clean - other than the initial ride over to the property in a truck, the whole operation is clean and based on renewable resources!
- It's a small business - the kind proven to provide the most new jobs and long-term benefits to communities.
It is small, practical and unpretentiously sustainable enterprises like these that I believe will populate (and create!) the future of successful American business.
What about you? Would you consider using an animal based service instead of a machine based one?