Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sheep Lawn Mowers, and Other Go-Getters


In this verdant lawn-filled college town, most people keep their lawn mowers tuned up by oiling the motor and sharpening the blades. Eddie Miller keeps his in shape with salt licks and shearing scissors.
Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that rents out sheep — yes, sheep — as a landscaping aid. For a small fee, Mr. Miller, whose official job title is “shepherd,” brings his ovine squad to the yards of area homeowners, where the sheep spend anywhere from three hours to several days grazing on grass, weeds and dandelions.
The results, he said, are a win-win: the sheep eat free, saving him hundreds of dollars a month in food costs, and his clients get a freshly cut lawn, with none of the carbon emissions of a conventional gas-powered mower. (There are, of course, other emissions, which Mr. Miller said make for “all-natural fertilizer.”...

Check out the rest of the article at NYTIMES.COM


Oberlin is right in my backyard practically. Just 20 minutes away and with some dear friends living in that city if feels as if this little piece of news is taking place right here on the streets of Berea. And why shouldn't it!?! But don't stop with the summary above. There are some awesome people out there creating a living for themselves in unusual and practical ways. I am inspired. Plus, I want to open up a StockBox Grocers down the street in our personal food desert.

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