This summer, the town of Charlotte, Vermont, implemented a new money-saving strategy for keeping the its cemeteries well groomed: it hired two goats and two sheep to do the work.
Stephen Brooks, chairman of Charlotte's Cemetery Commission, told NPR that the grazing animals, rented from a local farmer, have reduced the need to mow and fertilize, saving the town at least $2,000 a year in fuel expenses.
"The craft in taking care of a cemetery includes not only the skills for landscaping but some budget skills to manage whatever small funds might be available from the town," Brooks told Vermont Public Radio.
Most Charlotte residents have embraced the economically savvy, eco-friendly solution:
"There was just this one complaint from one person out of state who didn't like the fact that the sheep were urinating and defecating on the hallowed ground," Charles Russell, a local farmer, told NPR. "I'd say it's not very respectful to spray gasoline and spray fumes all over the gravestonesRead More »from Sheep replace lawn mowers at cemeteries in Charlotte, Vermont