Short SummaryIn a scene from season 4 of Game of Thrones, Khaleesi's dragon, Drogon, breathed fire over a herd of goats before snatching one up in his talons and carrying it away.
Today, these goats aren't being menaced by a fire breathing dragon...but the threat to their lives is just as dire.
Next month, nearly four hundred of them will be slaughtered when Iceland's only surviving commercial goat farm, Háafell , is put up for auction.
There are less than 820 Icelandic goats left on Earth. Needlessly reducing their population by almost half risks the extinction of an entire species already in a desperately fragile state.
Johanna sacrificed everything, including her career as a nurse in Reykjavik, to save the Icelandic goat. At one time, the species was so neglected its numbers had fallen below ninety animals.
As a result of the tireless work and devotion of Johanna, her husband Thorbjörn, and their six children to save the species, their farm, Háafell, sustains the largest population of Icelandic goats in the world.
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This will allow the family to remain on their farm, keep the goats safe and healthy, and begin the journey of creating a sustainable farm by developing products such as cheese, cashmere, and meat that will provide a viable income.
We are offering a number of enticing perks for those who pitch in to help save the Icelandic goat from extinction. This is more than a campaign to save a farm, it is a campaign to save an entire animal species. If we all collectively join in to help, we can save the goats!
The ImpactBecause of the extinction risk, the Icelandic goat has been added to Slow Food International's Ark of Taste , a rare distinction granted to products that embody the culture, history, and traditions of their region of origin.
A Photo of Johanna and Her Goats in the Cookbook North.
Johanna and her farm have also been included in the cookbook North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland, a book celebrating the traditional food producers of Iceland by chef Gunnar Karl Gislason of Dill and Kex, and cookbook author Jody Eddy. The book will be published by Ten Speed Press in September.
Author Jody Eddy also included Johanna and her goats in her culinary tour of Iceland last year. The visit to Háafell was the highlight of the trip.
This is Casanova, the star of the Game of Thrones episode who was carried away by Khaleesi's dragon. It wasn't planned that he would steal the show, but he was so charismatic during filming that the director couldn't resist.
Here's an article in English with more details about Johanna's farm Háafell and its very special goats:
Risks & Challenges
There is no getting around it: the situation is dire and the funds that must be raised to save Háafell are substantial, but we truly believe that we can collectively join together as a group of compassionate, concerned citizens to save this farm.
In doing so, we are investing in the future of our world by saving an animal species from extinction. We are protecting a legacy, ensuring that future generations who live in or visit Iceland will be able to enjoy the experience of watching one of the world's unique species roam the green fields of Iceland, instead of telling the story of how our generation let this species disappear forever.
We can do this together! And with your help, we will save Háafell!
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