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Gardeners get grant to control weeds with goats

COLORADO SPRINGS Organic gardeners have landed a $10,000 grant to bring goats back to munch weeds around Bear Creek Regional Park’s chemical-free garden.The grant from Colorado Garden Show Inc. will allow the Bear Creek Garden Association to rent a herd of about 500 goats to graze on 18 acres around the garden for seven to 10 days in the spring and a similar period in the fall, association President Char Nymann said.Goats grazed the park from 1999 to 2003, but El Paso County stopped using them after some county officials thought herbicides were more effective.The garden association handles weed control on 18 acres around the garden.Nymann said association members will apply for more grants and hold fundraisers to collect money for goat grazing in the future.

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