West Oak Lane recycling program turns Christmas trees into goat food

Philly Goat Project volunteers brought goats to the Awbury Arboretum in a Christmas tree recycling effort, feeding the trees to the goats.
Photo credit John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Christmas tree recycling effort drew hundreds to West Oak Lane, as the trees became dinner for a bunch of goats.

Those donating the trees pulled their vehicles outside the Awbury Arboretum's agricultural village. Volunteers of the Philly Goat Project arranged the trees into a pile, and guests were able to then watch the goats pig out on a pine needle feast. 

The Damico family of Flourtown brought their tree to the event.

"It's a great way to teach them about goats," said Jess Damico, whose children enjoyed seeing the goats. "It's a wonderful thing to bring our tree here to be recycled, and the goats get more food."

Project founder Karen Krivit said the program is as beneficial for the goats as it is for humans. "The goats do eat the Christmas trees, and it's a really nice way for them to eat healthy food in the winter, when otherwise, all they have to eat is hay," she explained.

In addition to tree recycling, the project offers a variety of free programming throughout the year from yoga to nature hikes, where you can walk one of the goats on a leash.

A $20 donation is suggested for the tree recycling. Two more goat tree recycling events are scheduled for the month, on January 18 and 25.