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The Kids Are Back! Help Us Name Earth Matter’s Goats


Last week we brought you the news of the newest member of the Governors Island park team, Quinn, and now we’re adding two MORE additions to the Island’s animal crew! Help us name the goats by posting your suggestions in the comments on Instagram @governorsisland or @EarthMatterNY. We’ll announce the winning submission on Tuesday, May 30.

Each year our friends at Earth Matter bring have two visiting goats who live in Governors Island’s Urban Farm. The two three month old kids (females) are visiting from Goodale Farms in Riverhead, Long Island. Like Rice and Beans, last year’s cohorts, the girls will spend open season with the NYC Compost Center hosted by Earth Matter at the Compost Learning Center located in GI’s Urban Farm. After the season, they will return to Goodale Farms, where they will be used for dairy production, and farming education.

The goats, like Earth Matter’s hens, contribute to the composting process by consuming NY residential vegetable scraps. Their manure is also high in Nitrogen and is a perfect “green” ingredient for the compost produced at Earth Matter’s Center.

In addition to food scraps, the girls will also feast on excess CLC greenery (leaves, weeds, and branches) and milk (until weaned). Urban Farm visitors can help bottle feed and pet the goats every Saturday and Sunday from 12-1pm. Visitors can check out the NYC Compost Learning Center hosted by Earth Matter and the GrowNYC Teaching Garden weekends from 12-4PM during the season.