The Social-Ecological Graziers Guild’s mission is to promote bioregional awareness and to reduce invasive or dominating vegetation in environmentally responsible ways. Working in and around the Finger Lakes in Western New York, the Social-Ecological Graziers Guild accomplishes this mission by partnering with organizations, land owners, and businesses to allow our targeted goat herd to eat vegetation on overgrown properties. Goats help open space and reduce plant competition, thus setting the stage for additional land management and restoration, such as re-introducing native, medicinal & food plants.
By clearing unwanted vegetation with goats rather than using management products like herbicides, we help keep our waterways clean while restoring native plant communities. Goats can traverse terrain that is difficult or impossible for people and machinery. They work long hours, and the only fuel they require is the plants they’ll eat. Goats clearing an overgrown neighborhood space can create good community conversation, provide volunteer opportunities to increase community engagement, and pave the way to new opportunities in shared spaces!
We offer Social-Ecological Services, Products, Consulting & Education in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York (Haudenosaunee Ancestral Territory), including:
Goats are social creatures; they play together, they teach each other, they protect each other (Did you know, a group of goats is called a 'tribe'?) Like goats do naturally, our human communities need to get together to find new ways of dealing with bioregional problems.
Goats manage vegetation without herbicides, and they reduce the need for petroleum fuels and expensive or dangerous machinery. By removing these problems, goats offer a clean method of plant control without endangering our vital water ways & watersheds
Our Ecological Grazing services remove encroaching invasive & noxious plants, and promote the proliferation of native plant communities through removing plant competition, spreading native seed, and planting back ecologically relevant species
As our environment changes, we need to continually adapt our thinking and practices to new and creative ways to keep us in right relationship with the ecological systems we are part of; from our local neighborhood, to our global community
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