Mission and Vision

Vision statement:
Creating a community of people inspired by goats.

Mission statement:
Sustainable land management and fire risk reduction through outreach, education, and implementation of goat grazing.

We have recreated City Grazing as a non-profit.

As an amazing nonprofit, City Grazing is engaged in community building and sustainable land management, working with local schools, universities, community organizations, municipalities, Fire Safe Councils, fire departments, residents, businesses, and home owners’ associations’ to create fire safety, intelligently managed land, awareness of carbon sequestration, and well-being – community health,  healthy local land management, and planetary atmospheric health. How?

Community mental health and well-being:

We want City Grazing to reach out to inspire directly with goats through as many public appearances, school visits, and social events as we can. We have taken goats to Bayview community events sponsored by the India Basin Neighborhood Association; Earth Day events at Bayview Opera House, USF, and UCSF; ACC’s Pet Pride Day in Golden Gate Park; San Francisco Friends School; SF Academy of Sciences; and many presentations at day-camps and schools throughout SF. We bring goats to San Francisco Department of Public Works’ Arbor Day events and Friday Night Markets. We also attend many local community festivals. Through all of this we reach many urban residents, adults and especially children, many of whom otherwise have little access to animals. The soothing, positive, transformational effect is immediately apparent. Contact with the goats facilitates a sense of well-being and an opportunity for personal growth and environmental education. We want to find ways to extend this to retirement communities, community centers, and more schools.

Volunteers:

City Grazing offers volunteer opportunities to work with the goats and in our public outreach. We are organizing and enlarging our already-stellar volunteer team through staff events to keep volunteers well informed about what we do, how and why it works, and why doing more with goats is better.

A place for goats:

City Grazing can also provide a new home for goats in need. Our current herd originated with 10 goats that were headed for slaughter; some are failed dairy goats, some were adopted from overzealous homeowners, and others have come from the 4-H agricultural program. These are goats with excellent dispositions well suited for working closely with the public and urban grazing. We currently selectively accept goats that will be a good fit with our existing herd. We plan to expand our facilities with volunteer labor and possible grant funding so we can accept more goats who require additional care or a slower transition into the larger herd.

Other services for the community: 

We are seeking grant funding and partnering opportunities to provide fire hazard reduction to those who might otherwise have a difficult time getting what they need, such as the incredible community services through the Diablo Fire Safe Council.

Planetary health:

Carbon sequestration describes long-term storage of carbon dioxide or other forms of carbon to either mitigate or defer global warming and avoid dangerous climate change. It has been proposed as a way to slow the atmospheric and marine accumulation of greenhouse gases, which are released by burning fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is naturally captured from the atmosphere through biological, chemical, or physical processes.

Grazing animals play a key role in maximizing carbon sequestration; concentrating livestock in small areas for days at a time so they graze lightly but evenly encourages roots of perennial grasses to grow deeper into the soil while discouraging propagation of invasive annual seed bearing plants, further promoting more growth of the perennial species. Adding a thin layer of compost following grazing creates unprecedented carbon sequestration in the soil according to research done through the Marin Carbon Project. We see huge potential for small yet significant gains in carbon sequestration in plots of urban land. We wish to assist in researching the likely environmental effects of long term small scale grazing by reaching out to soil scientists and environmental studies students to start testing on City Grazing’s pasture and other grazing sites. For more information please visit these sites:

Ecological Society of America:  http://www.esa.org/esa/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/carbonsequestrationinsoils.pdf
The Soil Story:  http://thesoilstory.com
Carbon Cycle Institute:  http://www.carboncycle.org/about-cci/
The Marin Carbon Project:  http://www.marincarbonproject.org

Thank you!
Genevieve