A week or so back a neighbor of ours stopped by. She asked whether she could graze her sheep and goats on our property. Of course, as long as they stay away from the garden.
Today she came back with two goats. Inquiring about their diet and favorite food I learned that they like poison ivy (ok, I knew that already) and maple, both of which we have plenty in the underbrush.
So our neighbor tied the goats to a tree and let them graze. Clearly the knot wasn't that great, because one of them escaped and went straight back home, well, with a detour or two.
Despite this little hiccup, I totally like the idea of the goats and sheep cleaning up our underbrush in a very natural and organic way.