Minnesota goats help recycle Christmas trees

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One southeast Minnesota farmer might have just created the “G.O.A.T.” of tree recycling programs.

According to KSTP’s Rochester affiliate KAAL, Ann Maxfield is feeding used Christmas trees to her goats for the double-benefit of tree recycling and goat parasite removal.

Maxfield says the trees are a treat for the goats, but they also act as a natural de-wormer.

“They will munch and munch and munch until it just becomes nothing more than a stick,” Maxfield said. “There’s a greater world than just that tree in the living room, and it all benefits the greater community: the farming community, the city community.”

Much like traditional tree recycling programs, Maxfield asks that people remove all decorations before donating trees.

If you’d like to get in touch with Maxfield about your used real Christmas tree, you can call her at 507-440-0071 or her husband Gus at 507-438-1154.

Kids are welcome to come and meet the goats, too.

If you can’t make the trip to the Maxfield’s, find local tree recycling instructions in the tweets below or visit your city’s website.