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Only in America: School replaces lawnmowers with sheep
A cost-cutting school district in Pennsylvania has come up with a creative way to trim its budget — and its grass
 
Eat your greens: A herd of sheep will save a Pennsylvania school district $15,000 by docilely replacing its lawnmowers.
Eat your greens: A herd of sheep will save a Pennsylvania school district $15,000 by docilely replacing its lawnmowers.
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The story: A Pennsylvania school district has found a rather old-fashioned way to save some green: Employ hungry sheep. Workers for the Carlisle Area School District used to spend six hours a week mowing a field filled with solar panels at Wilson Middle School, but woolly mammals now handle those duties, saving the district as much as $15,000. The four-legged gardeners are owned by the school's assistant principal, who asks only that the district keep the animals supplied with fresh water in return for their services.

The reaction: This idea is "not baaaad," says Elizabeth Gibson at The Patriot-News. The sheep will be able to "nibble grass and weeds each morning, and laze under panels during hot afternoons." Talk about quality of life, says Kirk Clyatt at WHP-TV. "You just eat and sleep and know you're doing the community a service." Indeed, this idea makes so much sense, says Stephen Messenger at TreeHugger, that maybe we'll see more grazing groundskeepers. Don't forget, such a trend would be "teeming with green benefits."

 

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