In an industrial corner of San Francisco, the city is experimenting with an eco-friendly alternative to herbicides and lawn mowers. David Gavrich, president of the San Francisco Bay Railroad, decided to bring in a herd of 60 goats to keep the vegetation down around the tracks near Pier 96.

But that’s not all they’re good for: In addition to their work for the city, the goats sometimes venture out to residential neighborhoods to eat away blackberry bushes and poison oak. Gavrich calls the service “Rent-a-Goat.”

If you feel like giving your mower a break, Gavrich and the goats can be reached at 415-642-7170 or

Additional footage courtesy of the Exploratorium.

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