Mulchfest gives Town of Hempstead residents chance to turn Christmas trees into food for goats

The animals are part-pet and part-employee for the town as they tackle invasive vegetation and overgrowth at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve.

News 12 Staff

Jan 7, 2023, 5:12 PM

Updated 473 days ago

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The Town of Hempstead said goodbye to the holidays by helping out the environment and giving a snack to some goats in the process.
Mulchfest kicked off Saturday, where residents went green by having their trees shredded and took home a bag of mulch.
But now there's a new twist on the event for 2023 — residents can dispose their trees with the help of Nigerian dwarf goats in Merrick.
The animals are part-pet and part-employee for the town as they tackle invasive vegetation and overgrowth at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve. The pines are a good source of vitamin C for the goats.
Town Supervisor Don Clavin said residents have the option between the goats or the mulch bag. He said he got the idea after reading a story about Midwesterners doing the same thing. 
“Down at our Levy Preserve, we have 16 Nigerian goats that we take care of, and we're giving them a choice,” Clavin said.
The festivities continue Sunday at Baldwin Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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