PULLING GOATHEADS FOR A CAUSE
- For the entire month of July, the Boise Bicycle Project is teaming up with the City of Boise to eliminate goatheads in Boise and beyond.
- A beverage token for the festival will be given to every person who drops off 1 or more bags of goatheads to the locations below.
- Prizes will be awarded at the festival for the individual and team that collects the most pounds of goatheads.
TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE AND LIVES
The Boise Bicycle Project donates about 700-800 bikes to kids each year. Chances are 50% or more have flats within the 6 months.
While we encourage folks to collect goatheads in their own neighborhoods, we'd also like to focus efforts in some key areas where BBP's bike recipients live (see the map below). With your help, we can make flats from goatheads a thing of the past in Boise.
COLLECTING GOATHEADS PROPERLY
Heavy duty trash bag (here's a favorite)
Carpet square (optional, but very helpful)
Hori Hori tool for really hard ground (optional, but very helpful, available at North End Organic Nursery)
Pull from the center and remove the entire plan and its taproot. If the taproot breaks off, that's ok. If ground is extremely hard, use something similar to the Hori Hori tool to cut the plant off at the taproot. Be careful not to let any of the goatheads shake loose and fall to the ground.
Carefully put the entire plan and its attached nutlets into the garbage bag
Check the ground for loose goatheads. Sweeping or patting the ground with a carpet square is a good way to pick up any rogue goatheads
Check your shoes and bike tires to make sure you're not spreading goatheads to a new location
Seal/tie the bag and make sure it doesn't break open during transportation
Repeat till the bag/s are full and drop them off a the locations below
*Do not bring goatheads to the park on Aug 3-4