Day 227: Harsimus-Jersey City Goats- August 17. Meet Carmelia and Johnny Bravo, two of five goats that have been eating their way through decades of invasive plants and poison ivy this summer to help a group of human volunteers recover and restore a small historic cemetery in Jersey City NJ. The cemetery is a treasure trove of information about veterans of wars from the Revolutionary War through World War II and of so many immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island and came to Jersey City to build their lives and start families. In 2008, it was so overcome by vagrants, drug dealers, and invasive weeds that it was simply abandoned and left to deteriorate. A few years ago, a neighbor and friend who has 4 generations of family buried there took it upon herself to clean it up, enlist volunteers, and get funding through grants and public support. They have made tremendous progress but the pervasive weeds almost undid them and did undo their weeking mowing, cutting, trimming efforts. Finally, this summer they enlisted the help of the goats. I've been meaning to get there and see for myself and finally did. Amazing the progress they have made in a few months. And they are so cute.