Aug 10, 2012
They’re probably not singing that ode to poison ivy in Seaside Park, N.J., but maybe they’ll soon be singing the praises of some Maryland goats.
Seaside Park has a poison ivy problem on the shore of the bay in the borough, and environmental concerns have limited the ways in which it can deal with the plant. No longer able to burn away the poison ivy and not wanting to spray herbicide so close to Barnegat Bay, Seaside Park is considering another solution.
Seaside Park may contract with a goat farm from Whiteford in Harford County to bring in the animals to eat the poison ivy, the Asbury Park Press reported.
“Goats are kind of nature’s weed eaters,” Dawn Yurkiewicz of Stratford Farm, who owns the goats, told the Press. “It’s what they like to eat.”
Yurkiewicz said the goats, unaffected by poison ivy, each could eat about five to eight pounds of the stuff each day.
With the cost of transporting the goats and keeping them in New Jersey for about three weeks to get the job done, the borough might pay Stratford Farm about $20,000 for the job.
Here’s one way to defray the cost: Seaside Park is adjacent to Seaside Heights, home of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Pitch a show in which Snooki, The Situation and Co. care for the animals. It could be a real battle of wits.