quinta-feira, 31 de maio de 2012

Lawn need a trim? Start-up will rent you a sheep

Oberlin, OHIO, EUA

Back-to-nature firms take off amid shortage of white-collar jobs

In this verdant college town, most people keep their lawnmowers tuned up by oiling the motor and sharpening the blades. Eddie Miller keeps his in shape with salt licks and shearing scissors.

Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that rents out sheep — yes, sheep — as a landscaping aid. For a small fee, Mr. Miller, whose official job title is ‘‘shepherd,’’ transports his ovine squad to the yards of area homeowners, where the sheep spend anywhere from three hours to several days grazing on grass, weeds and dandelions.

in The New York Times, 4 Novembro 2011, página 17

Foto: Eddie Miller takes Panda and Nerd to their next landscaping job. Agricultural enterprises like his Heritage Lawn Mowing are benefiting from interest in the sustainable businesses.

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