Published November 7, 2012
A new fundraising effort has been started to preserve and maintain the Icelandic goat.
Iceland has many famous species of flora and fauna, but few know that there is a native species of goat. Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir and her husband Þorbjörn Oddsson, who live on the farm Háafell in western Iceland, raise Icelandic goats that the general public are welcome to visit.
However, the farm is having some financial difficulties and are appealing to the general public for support. As their mission statement reads in part:
The Icelandic Goat Conservation Center is a dream many people share but there are a lot of costs and a shortage of funds to cover them. That is why we look to friends and benefactors to assist us. We have the housing but we need to get it operational and up to standards. That costs money, energy, perseverance and strength. We are ready to do the work, but financial support is key.
Our mission for this part of the project is to finish getting our kitchen ready, so we can make delicious cheeses and other treats, which will help us to make the center financially sustainable. Support us to preserve the Icelandic goat, these wonderful, docile, friendly, and curious animals!
At the time of this writing, the project is almost halfway to its €3,000 goal, with 55 days to go. Different donation levels confer different privileges, from having the donor’s name displayed on a wooden wall, earning free visits to the farm, getting shoes lined with goat wool, to even being able to name a goat yourself.
Below is a video, where you can see the Icelandic goats in action on their farm: