Shepherd at Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch Sheep and Goats Mowing Swale

There was certainly no silence for these lambs, today. As we watched in delight, a Shepherd, ushered his, some 300 sheep and goats, into an enclosed space, right before the house we are staying, at Sea Ranch.

These sweet animals are better than lawn mowers, weed whackers, or any other nasty, fuel guzzling solution. They are definitely cleaner and more enjoyable. Their fuel is the grass or plant they need to mow. A self feeding, self fueling machine, on four legs.

The swales around this coastal community, get infested with, unwanted plants. It is costly and dirty to try and mow or clear those weeds. Here comes, the united front, between sheep herders and organizations.

As is usual, for the Sea Ranch organization, they opted, for the clean idea, instead of, the filthy mowing solution. These sheep and goats do the rounds, all year. It takes the herd 12 months, to do, all the spaces, between the homes at Sea Ranch. By the time, they are done, they are ready, to start over, again.

Not only is this a sustainable solution, but it is clean, and brings joy to all who watch, delighting in, the bleating, of the sheep.

Watching as the gentle creatures munched away, at the unwanted growth, we were elated with the beauty and serenity of the scene before us. Not only, was the grass taken care of, the loud noises of mowers abated, but we got to watch this amazing tableau, of scattered bellwethers, before the wonderful white waters, of the ocean.

Sea Ranch comes through, again; as they always do. A well taken care of, community, that cares for its environment, and its inhabitants, as well as, providing a tranquil, placid place, for humans, to go and take the edge off.