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UC Davis Sheepmowers Grazing Project

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
80 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:58 PM PST
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UC Davis Sheepmowers Grazing Project


We have an anonymous donor who has offered to DOUBLE the value of any donation given between now and the end of the campaign (2/28) until we reach our goal of $7500. PLEASE, take advantage of this generous offer!!

Excited to announce our new STRETCH GOAL of $7500. We wooly, wooly appreciate your generosity!

The UC Davis Sheepmowers Grazing Project invites university sheep into central campus lawns to improve campus sustainability and promote mental health through public grazing events. 


Utilizing sheep to graze campus lawns has the potential to provide significant environmental benefits across multiple disciplines and areas of study including the following:

  • Reduce fuel costs, carbon emissions, and labor hours for Grounds and Landscape Services 
  • Improve soil aeration and nutrient levels
  • Demonstrate a research-based understanding of sustainable campus design and management principles 
  • Enhance ecosystem services on campus (pollinator services; habitat biodiversity)
  • Bring applied academic research into the landscape and provide campus visitors and community members with opportunities to engage with it


In addition to investigating whether sheep can eat weeds and grass, fertilize and control pests as well as or better than using conventional landscaping methods (lawnmowers), we are also studying the cultural effect of bringing sheep to central campus. Your gift will support public events including Felting with the Sheep, Meditating with the Sheep, and Painting with the Sheep, to encourage campus community interaction and to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase equipment, fund community events, better understand the ecological implications of sheep mowing, and to support our student shepherds. As the project is only entering into its second year, your support will truly make a difference. We val-ewe your sponsorship and hope to see you out on the lawn with us and our wooly friends in the spring!      

Choose a giving level


Thank Ewe!

Your kind gift of $10 supports our Sheep Nature Rx events, such as ensuring each participant has the needed wool, felting needles, crayons, and other art supplies.


You're Wooly Great!

Your thoughtful donation of $25 assists in implementing informative and comfortable experiences for the observing guests, including interpretitve signage, umbrellas, and chairs.


Thanks for Having Our Baaa-ck!

Your $50 contribution helps our team build and maintain our research site with the needed equipment, such as 38 feet of fencing.


We Wool Not Let You Down!

Your generous donation of $100 can be used to understand the ecological implications of sheep mowing, such as analyzing soil samples.


Sponsorsheep Appreciation!

Your extraordinary donation of $500 supports our undergraduate student shepherds, gifting them the opportunity to research, learn, and develop leadership skills while also aiding in ensuring our team has enough members to function efficiently.

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