100 Ideas for New Paltz

8. get rid of poison ivy in parks

Posted in agriculture, environment, parks, public health by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Borrow some goats from a local farm to graze at Sojourner Truth Park – goats eat poison ivy before grass, and they can eliminate poison ivy without use of toxic chemicals.

Thanks to Terence Ward for pointing out that only certain breeds of goats like poison ivy — Spanish and Angorra goats to be precise.

a spanish goat

a spanish goat


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  1. Frank Nastasi said, on June 30, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Don’t forget the rail trail!

    • Jason West said, on June 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Good thinking, Frank, Thanks,


  2. flash-player said, on July 7, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Great post!

  3. John House said, on April 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    There will also need to be a general landscaping plan to transition the edge areas of trails, fields and paths into other species, otherwise the Ivy will keep coming back. I’d say raspberries and native grapes (among hundreds of other potential species). Especially along the railtrail!

  4. Polly Armour said, on April 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Don’t worry, all breeds of goats like poison ivy, and will eat it before they eat grass. Remember the song, Mairzy doats and dozy doats? A kid’ll eat ivy, too.
    They also like all kinds of other ornamental plantings, which can be a problem, as well as their tendency to fertilize as they go with “nanny-berries.” And they’re really vulnerable to attacks by loose dogs. So if you don’t mind the turds and extra “pruning,” and can cope somehow w/ dog attacks, then they work great!

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