The borough of Rosemont-Petite Patrie is bringing in a new team to help with lawn upkeep at one of its parks this summer. Pelican Park will be home to 14 lambs and sheep this summer whose job, in part, will be act as eco-friendly lawnmowers.
The sheep aren’t only being brought in to eat, however – they will also be used to teach visitors to the park about agriculture and about the food they eat.
The sheep and lambs, which will be on loan from a farm in Mont Laurier, will be housed in an urban barn at the park. Biquette à Montreal, the group spearheading the project, will also hold workshops for daycares, camps and schools in the area.
The workshops will be on the sheep’s life cycle, how their wool becomes clothes, and how their manure can help things grow.
The sheep will arrive July 9 and are expected to stay for about a month. If you want to check them out, take advantage of a sunny day and head over the park’s outdoor pool and wading pool. The workshops, which will be bilingual, will be open to the public during two Saturdays in the month. And don’t worry about the smell – Compost Montreal has been tapped to help with manure management.
See the sheep arrive on July 9 and enjoy a variety of activities like music, a puppet and circus show, and face painting. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Pelican Park is at the intersection of Masson St. and 1st Ave. For more information about Biquette à Montreal, their team of grass-shearers and workshop dates, check out facebook.com/BiquetteaMontreal.