"My very own herd of Cashmere goats: lawn mower on demand!"
From New York’s skyscrapers to the hills of Chianti, Nora Kravis has started a creative, eco-friendly business that allows residents to hire her beloved Cashmere goats to mow their lawn! By simply eating grass, the herd, divided in three highly organised teams, will look after public or private fields better than any lawn mower on the market. And with some great advantages too: no fuel, free fertilizing, promotion of biodiversity and, last but not least, ‘they make me happy’! This is the story of New Yorker Nora Kravis who moved to Radda in Chianti, a village surrounded by the Tuscan hills of Chianti. After a life spent in the Big Apple, Nora put together a herd of more than 60 lovely Cashmere goats and while watching them happily nibbling at the grass, with the Chianti vineyards in the background, had an intuition: to offer her little creatures for rent as lawn mowers! As news spread quickly across town, both privates and public institutions started to call Nora more and more often to ask for her own very special gardening services. This unusual business has got many advantages, mostly for the environment: in their job as ‘lawn mowers’, goats do not consume any fuel virtually eliminating any carbon footprint as a result. As they feed almost exclusively on weed, furthermore, sheep promote vegetal biodiversity, while providing a natural and spontaneous way of field fertilizing. Not just a lifestyle choice, therefore, but also a great solution for the environment. Perhaps, only an American madly in love with Tuscany could have had such a genius intuition! text by Cristiano Proia