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Goats at Forest View Cemetery Round 2

The goats are back and so were we with our camera.

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Neighbors gathered on Memorial Day to watch Friends of Forest View Cemetery and RVA Goats released goats into the overgrown cemetery located at 4909 Bassett Avenue.

Somewhere beneath that Southern Jungle is a cemetery.

Councilperson Kristen Larson (left) was on hand and is working with Friends of Forest View Cemetery to revitalize the park. Efforts to find the current owner of the parcel have failed and years of back taxes are owed on the site.

The goats and a couple sheep for good measure will be working over the next two weeks to make a dent in the vegetation covering the cemetery.

Besides being overgrown the site has been used as a dumping ground for years.

The fence will keep the goats in and in theory the local coyotes out.

Not a goat.

Although this one isn’t eating it in this picture a favorite snack of goats is poison ivy and they’ll tend to eat that first.

Some goat facts from Eco-Goats:

  • Goats love broad leafed material, which means brush and invading field vegetation are consumed. But they don’t prefer grass, so it is left to flourish.
  • Goats are agile and light on their feet, so they can be gentler than machinery when working on historical sites and other areas that need special consideration.
  • Goats will graze all day, going through very dense material at about a quarter acre per day per 30 goats (this can vary widely, depend on many factors including density, location and vegetation species).
  • Goats have a narrow, triangular mouth that allows them to crush what they eat, so seeds that might otherwise get passed through to fertilization are not viable. This is a true advantage, since machine cutting only encourages further growth in the next growth cycle.
  • Goats have special enzymes in their guts that allow them to eat plants that are poisonous to other animals.

Any questions/concerns about the goats? Check out this handy flyer from RVA Goats.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Patrick Henry Book Drive

Ready to clean out your kid’s bookshelves? Drop off new or gently used books at WPA Bakery!

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Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts is having a book drive. Please consider donating age-appropriate books to help restock our library, as the school generously gave lots of books away to students in March 2020.

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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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