The Garfield Park Conservatory has visiting goats each month this summer. Sofia found the link and we decided that it was a must see. Jens Jensen, the Landscape Architect who designed Garfield Park had apparently envisioned farm animals at the conservatory. Took over 100 years, but this is happening. You have to look for the goats however, as that little yellow flag in the distance is the only indicator. That and the bleats when you get closer.
The babies were just too darn cute!
If you want more information on Jens Jensen, here is a link. Also, there was a great documentary, Jens Jensen The Living Green, which will be showing at Millennium Park on June 19th. We saw the film this spring, and it is well worth seeing.
The Garfield Goats are back! People and goats have lived side-by-side for over 10,000 years, and today’s city dwellers are starting to realize the benefits. The goats that reside part-time at Garfield Park Conservatory belong to a Westside Chicago resident who is experimenting with how small farm animals benefit the urban landscape and our lives in the city. Come visit and see them at work mowing our big backyard! (Goats will browse during open Conservatory hours, depending on weather and goat health.)
Goats at Work 2014 Schedule:
• Saturday, May 3 – Friday, May 9
• Saturday, June 7 – Friday, June 13
• Saturday, July 5 – Friday, July 11
• Saturday, August 2 – Friday, August 8
• Sunday, September 7 – Saturday, September 13