A central Pennsylvania school has a woolly plan to keep its grass neatly trimmed.
Sheep are taking over some of Carlisle Area School District groundskeeping chores. Instead of workers spending six hours a week mowing and trimming near solar panels, sheep have moved in for the summer. They nibble grass and weeds each morning and laze under panels during hot afternoons. With the food already on hand, the district need only supply the sheep with water.
They are saving the district up to $15,000 a year and cutting local air pollution.
And the district didn’t have to recruit the animals.
Sands is the assistant principal at Wilson Middle School in the district. He’s also the owner, with wife Tracy, of the Wooly Wonders Sheep and Fiber farm in Dickinson Twp.