Don’t Want to Throw Away Your Christmas Tree? Let Goats Eat It!

At Philly Goat Project's tree-cycling on January 11th, 18th, and 25th, goats will feast on what's left of the holiday season.


Instead of throwing out your Christmas tree, donate it to Philly Goat Project, whose goats will merrily chow down on the branches. / Photograph by Jerome Eno.

It was always a bummer when my dad dumped our Christmas tree on the curb, only for it to be unceremoniously thrown into the back of a trash truck. There had to be a better way.

Turns out, there is. If you want to keep things merry and bright even after the holidays are over, bungee-cord your Christmas tree to the top of your car and make your way to Northwest Philly. Why, you ask? Well, Philly Goat Project is hosting tree-cycling to help you bid farewell to your beloved Christmas tree in a fun and generous way. Instead of it being destroyed by a garbage truck, your tree will be eaten by the organization’s ridiculously adorable goats. I mean, who can deny these guys their own holiday feast? (No, but really, just look at how stinkin’ cute they are!)

The tree-cycling will take place at the Farm at the Awbury Agricultural Village (6336 Ardleigh Street) on January 11th, 18th, and 25th. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., donate your undecorated tree — no tinsel, ornaments, or lights — and enjoy watching the goats chow down. Once the goats are finished, you’ll be able to pet them and even take them on a guided walk (which we tried and was glorious). Before heading home, end your visit roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate around the fire pit. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Just look at how happy they are! / Photograph by Jerome Eno.

Don’t have a tree, but want to participate? Go for it! The event is open to all and is definitely kid-friendly. Whether or not you’re bringing a tree, a $20 donation is suggested and will support Awbury Arboretum, home of the Philly Goat Project. That way, the program can continue to offer their community-focused services, including grazing, goat yoga, animal-assisted therapy, and wellness events.

In case of inclement weather, tree-cycling rain dates are January 12th, 19th, and 26th. Check Philly Goat Project’s website or Instagram for updates.

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