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Posted on: June 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Goats at the Library

goat in the Library

The Los Gatos Library is pleased to welcome Motherlode Goats and their team of eco-friendly brush-clearing experts.  Did you know that goats will eat almost any plant, including plants that are invasive, such as mile-a-minute vine, or plants that would be irritating or harmful to humans, such as poison ivy or poison sumac. They also leave behind a source of fertilizer, improving the nutrients in the soil even after they're gone.  We’re excited to have them clear the hill behind the Library.


This unique opportunity was made possible thanks to the LSTA-funded Sustainable California Libraries grant, which provides libraries the opportunity to design programming and educational opportunities focused on sustainability and climate resilience, by collaborating with project partners, community connections, and community members.



How many goats are here? 40.

How long will the goats be here? From June 10th – June 17th.

Can we still walk along the hill? No. There is an electric fence that is surrounding the hillside for the duration of the goats’ work. Please DO NOT walk on the hillside for the duration of the goats’ visit.

Can we pet the goats? Not if they are on the hillside, and behind the fence. Keep an eye out for opportunities to observe the goats closer.


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