During her time in Zambia, Carrie was a rural education development volunteer. She worked with schools in her village to do teacher trainings, created a library, taught a life skills class to teens, started a school orchard and beekeeping club, and taught about HIV prevention.
What opportunities did your time during the Peace Corps open up for you?
I had a vague interest in farming beforehand, but it was definitely my Peace Corps service that inspired my current lifestyle and entrepreneurial ventures. My fellow villagers were mainly subsistence farmers, and I really admired that way of life. I tried my hand at gardening, chicken husbandry, goat husbandry, and beekeeping while in Zambia. When I returned to the US, my husband and I started keeping chickens, bees, and goats in Pittsburgh.
What are you currently up to in your career?
My husband and I own Steel City Grazers, Western Pennsylvania's only goat grazing company — we rent out goats to eat weeds. Using goats to eat unwanted plants is a proven method for vegetation management. Eating the leaves and small stems weakens the plant, and eating the seed pods prevents the plant from going to seed. Using goats for landscaping means you're using fewer herbicides and fossil fuels. Goats can go where people and machinery can't, such as steep hillsides, and they're not bothered by itchy or thorny plants. They leave behind free fertilizer...and they're cuter than a Weedwacker!