Resident Goats Nameless No Longer!

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After a long and thoughtful deliberation, the names of our two female kid goats (one of two shown above) have been decided! Welcome Salt ‘n Peppa, who will be making themselves at home on Governors Island’s Urban Farm this summer! Originally from Goodale Farms in Riverhead, Long Island, they will be cared for by our friends at Earth Matter until the end of the season.

Besides the fact that our fury friends are adorable and super soft, they have joined the NYC Compost Learning Center in the Urban Farm to help the composting process. Their diet will consist of NY resident vegetable scraps in addition to leaves, weeds, and branches. This will allow them to produce lots of manure. In fact, goat manure has a 2.4% nitrogen content- that’s higher than cow (0.6%) and horse manure (0.7%)! The high level of nitrogen makes goat droppings a great addition to the compost.

The Compost Learning Center is located in Governors Island’s Urban Farm, near the Oval and by the entrance to the Hills. It’s open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM-4PM during the season with special activities at 2:30PM.

Visit https://earthmatter.org/ for a full calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.