Goats offer quiet, easy eco-friendly landscape cleanup

“Put away the power tools and herbicide, and hire herbivores,” says RVA Goats & Honey owner Kristi Orcutt. The Chesterfield-based farmer has been using a herd of about 75 goats to clear weeds, brush, and fast-growing invasive species like kudzu from public lands, businesses, schools, and yards since 2015. 

Photo courtesy of RVA Goats & Honey

“It’s an effective, cost efficient, all natural and sustainable method to manage overgrown vegetation and restore landscapes,” says Orcutt. Her caprine team has a voracious appetite and can strip a large area of unwanted plants in just two weeks. Past high-profile clients include the University of Richmond, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and James River Park System, in addition to more low-profile homeowners who hire the herd to eradicate stands of English ivy, among other noxious pests. RVaGoatsAndHoney.com


This article originally appeared in the Best of Virginia 2024 issue.

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