Goats Keeping Weeds in Check on SMC Campus

April 17, 2013

Dear St. Mary’s Gardens neighbor:

In an effort to improve water flow during significant rains, Saint Mary’s College will be doing routine weed abatement and vegetation removal from the creekbed near the tennis courts.

As a result of this maintenance, I wanted to make you aware of the College’s plans to utilize a more natural approach to vegetation removal. Because the college is committed to sustainability, we will be employing a traditional form of weed abatement commonly used across California— goats.

The College has contracted with the firm Goats R Us (goatsrus.com) to perform this work.

To be thorough, the goats will be on campus for a minimum of four days later this month. The goats will be tended by an experienced shepherd during the entire time they are here.  Furthermore, they will be fully penned within a temporary fence provided by Goats R Us.  While we hope to clear out all the weeds during this time, we may need to return to do some hand work after the goats do the initial cleanup.

We do not expect this cleanup to impact you; however, we wanted to make you aware so you won’t be surprised if you see some goats on the College property.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our weed abatement program, please don’t hesitate to call me at (925) 631-4830.


Tim Farley
Director, Community and Government Relations
Saint Mary’s College of California