Just off North Druid Hills Road near Lavista Road, in a quiet residential neighborhood, a flock of sheep and goats are busy at work ridding a front yard of invasive plants that might otherwise be killed with the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. Watched over by a guard dog and ringed with a solar-powered electrified fence for safety, the diligent workers of Ewe-niversally Green chomp on the foliage and enjoy the sunny day.
Dog walkers frequently stop to snap their own photos and cars slow down or stop to take in the scene too.
Neighbor and North Druid Hills Residents Association president Alan Pinsker saw the scene and couldn't help but take some pictures.
"Having lived in my neighborhood for the past 11 years, I've never seen this service being done here before and it was very interesting and entertaining to watch," Pinsker said. "Kudos to one of my neighbors for engaging a green solution to tackle their yard problem!"
Ewe-niversally Green started in 2005. It is run by Brian Cash, who grew up in Dunwoody but always wanted to be a farmer, and Nashville-raised Greg Wilson, a "shepherd extraordinare" who also flies jets for a private aviation firm, according to their website. Cash has experience working with Alaskan sled dogs, training dogs and tending sheep and goats in California. They are assisted by pediatric physical therapist Tara Wilson and labor and delivery nurse J.P. Griffin.
Ewe-niversally Green uses a large flock of sheep and goats. Sometimes clients help name lambs or kids, like in the case of Bianca, a white sheep born while her mother was working. There is even a black sheep by the name of Michelle. Spike, a black and white dappled goat, wears a cowbell around his neck and is reportedly a favorite with client.
The service employs dogs both for herding and guarding purposes, like Clyde, a Great Pyrenees. The solar-powered double-ringed electric fence also ensures the safety of all the animals. The only thing the clients need to give the animals is water.
The sheep and goats eat pretty much anything that is green, including poison ivy, kudzu, English ivy and grass. They can't eat azaleas or rhododendrons.
Ewe-niversally Green will work with any project ranging from a small backyard to large farmland or community areas. In June, 11 Alive used the service to clear off a kudzu-infested hill outside their studios.