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Nahant Marsh is hosting a workshop on managing invasive and problem vegetation with goats. Brian Ritter, Facilitator of Nahant Marsh, will discuss invasive plant species found in Iowa. Aaron Steele and Chad Steenhoek, co-founders of Goats on the Go, will provide an overview of the theory and research behind targeted grazing. The presentation on will cover the benefits of grazing versus chemicals and machinery, and discuss why goats are the ideal tool for combating invasive and problem plants in Iowa. Steele and Steenhoek will share experiences gleaned from a year of being "on the go" with their herd, along with some how-to advice for land stewards interested in utilizing targeted grazing. The workshop is being offered twice on March 12th; participants may choose to attend an afternoon session at 11:00 a.m. or evening session at 6:00 p.m. A sandwich meal will be provided.

There will also be an optional, half day field training session on May 16th at 1:00 p.m. Topics will include: targeted grazing theory and research, developing and implementing a grazing strategy, goat care, what to do in emergencies, electric fencing, and hands-on application. 

Cost: Workshop only- $15.00 for non-members or $10 for members. Field Training only- $20.00 for non-members or $15 for members.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 563-323-5196 or visit www.nahantmarsh.org.

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