TU invites goats to partner in sustainability efforts
By Reiko Gallo '18 on September 19, 2017
Towson University is hosting the Harmony Church Farm goats for their fourth annual
visit the week of September 18.
As a continued effort to promote sustainability, a herd of goats from Harmony Church Farm in Harford County, Maryland, is back at Towson University to help control invasive
plants and weeds in an environmentally conscious way.
“The goats have been coming since I was a freshman,” said TU student Sierra Egan,
who stopped by The Glen this past Monday to see the goats firsthand. “Every time they
show up on campus I get really excited to see them.”
While cute, the goats serve a much larger purpose. James Hull, Ph.D., botanist and
professor emeritus in the Fisher CollegeDepartment of Biological Sciences, has been committed to organizing this event on campus for the past four years.
“The stream that runs through Glen Woods feeds directly to the Inner Harbor,” Hull
explained. “Having the goats come in greatly decreases the amount of chemicals and
herbicides that contribute to water pollution.”
Funding for the harmony herd comes from multiple outlets. This year, BGE, Towson’s
Greek Life Council and the TU Foundation stepped up to provide funds.