Originally posted Feb 5th, 2018 / Website: https://www.noregretsinitiative.com/2018/02/we-love-the-gypsy-goat-herder/
Holistic land management happens in many ways. We especially like the Gypsy Goat Herder who does it her way. Imagine, one woman, hundreds of goats, 365 days of the year equals innovation in the realm of environmental care.
Lani Malmberg is an inspiration for eco-action, with her work focused on non-toxic land care in the form of herding goats to pastures that would otherwise use health and environmentally harmful pesticides.
Drawing from her multiple degrees in weed science, biology, botany and environmental restoration, she came to this innovative alternative to pesticides in weed management, utilizing the natural behavior of goats.
Goats clear the vegetation and recycle these weeds through their gut to offer nutrition for the soil.
In this video, Lani candidly shares her work on Maui, and expresses the energy of earth compassion and innovation to inspire us all.
Her main motivation? To be a model and set an example for others to follow. YES!
Lani Malmberg and her goat based weed control business were part of a seven day pilot weed control project for Maui County. She uses a pesticide free alternative.
Lani Malmberg has a background in cattle ranching.
Lani left ranching in 1986 during economic hard times and a cattle market low and moved to Colorado to manage ranches. She worked in the oilfield for a short time, then returned to finish college, earning the following degrees:
- Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Restoration from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado;
- Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Botany from MSC;
- Masters of Science degree in Weed Science from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado
Ms. Malmberg became interested in goats as a graduate student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. While completing her master’s degree she studied the use of goats for environmentally friendly, chemical-free land restoration.
In 1997 she bought her first goats and has been grazing them for non-toxic land care since. The rest is history.