Back for a fourth summer, a flock of 16 sheep will be happily munching their way through the grass of Maisonneuve Park in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. An environmentally friendly and effective alternative to traditional machines, the animals are part of an urban eco-grazing project that is both educational and, well, adorable.
The woolly lawnmowers will be munching away every day until September 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., to offer park visitors a farm experience in the midst of the city.
Sharing space with their fluffy friends will be a quartet of chickens and park visitors can enjoy educational activities geared to nature enthusiasts of all ages. A great way to learn about biodiversity, the site will have:
- A new sheepfold made from recycled ash wood to accommodate the 16 sheep
- A henhouse for four laying hens
- An educational beehive
- Four collective gardening containers
- An educational checker board made of different ground covers
- Medicinal plants
- 22 educational panels
- An educational and self-service loom
- A rest area
Workshops will be offered every Saturday and yoga sessions will be held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The thematic workshops and yoga are by registration only so make sure to follow Biquette’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BiquetteaMontreal for the full program and registration procedures.
How to find the flock
Find the menagerie and explore the activities in Maisonneuve Park, near the Rosemont and L’Églantier community gardens (entrance at the corner of Rosemont Blvd., and 31st Ave.)
If you’re interested in helping out for a couple of hours a week during the animals’ time at the park, the team at Biquette are still in need of several volunteers. If you have a minimum of two hours of recurring availability each week write to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Biquette is a non-profit organization that has three objectives:
- Promote eco-grazing as an alternative to machinery.
- Educate the public, with workshops on eco-grazing, sheep, and urban agriculture.
- Bring happiness, by the simple presence of the sheep and with fun activities.
Note: The installation is not an urban zoo, so please do not feed or pet the sheep.