Save the Icelandic Goat From Extinction

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Help Us Save the Goats from Game of Thrones!
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Jody Eddy
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Animals
Haafell
Iceland
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UPDATE: 

It is with sincere gratitude to all of you who have supported the campaign toSave Haafell Goat Farm that we share the news from Haafell goat farmerJóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir that "the goats and the farm are safe and we can carry on." We could not have accomplished our fundraising goal without your amazing support, contributions, and abiding love for the Icelandic goat. 
It affirmed for us that goodness trumps greed every time and that the collective power of a group of caring, compassionate people can accomplish anything. We still have one week to go in our campaign to support Haafell goat farm and help it get back on its feet again and in that spirit, we ask you to continue to spread the word about our campaign. The farm has been saved but the next step is to make it completely sustainable and for that what we need for Haafell is to build a milking room and secure cheese making equipment. 
We are working hard to find a company or individual to donate the equipment Johanna needs and we will continue to raise funds for the milking room. Johanna currently has cheese made at another dairy in the region but it is cost prohibitive and does not make a profit. If she were to have a milking room and cheese making equipment of her own, it would empower her to realize her dream of being a sustainable farm. It would also return the tradition of goat milk and goat cheese consumption to the Icelandic people, an ancient practice that was lost in the wake of the goat population crisis. Johanna is a tireless pioneer and champion for the Icelandic goat and your continued support will empower her to continue on with her work and provide her with the tangible tools she needs to not only "carry on" but to thrive. 
It is with tears in our eyes and a grateful spirit that we thank you again for your incredible support. We could not have done this without you and are grateful to each and every person who shared the news about our campaign, donated to it, and most of all, dared Johanna to find the strength, hope and optimism she needed to lift up her head and continue on with her work, fortified by the support of people from around the world who have not only supported the Icelandic goat in this campaign but endorsed the idea that together we can accomplish anything. And we have! Takk Fyrir!! And as they say in Iceland upon parting or to usher in a new beginning, "Bless, bless."

Short Summary

In 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.
You can help rescue the goats from Game of Thrones by donating to the campaign to save farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdóttir's goat farm. 
Time is of the essence. If the funds are not raised within the next month to save Johanna's farm, this unique species, introduced to Iceland by the Vikings a thousand years ago, will disappear from the earth forever.

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.

What We Need & What You Get

Now the farm is under a threat. The family is facing foreclosure in September. This will result in the entire goat flock being butchered unless  10 million Icelandic krona, which equals about $90,000 USD, is raised to save the farm.

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 Impact

Because 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.
And then there was that epic scene from Game of Thrones Season 4, episode 6! 


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!

Other Ways You Can Help

Please get the word out through your social media channels about our campaign to save the goats from Game of Thrones. IndieGoGo's share tools make it easy! 

Simply link to this campaign, and use the hashtag #SaveTheGoats on twitter to join in the fight to save Johanna's farm! 


Thank you! Or as they say in Icelandic, “Takk fyrir!”


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$115,126USD
raised by 2,960 people in 1 month
128% funded
No time left
$90,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on October 1, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Haafell Limited Edition Pin

    For a donation of $5 you will receive a limited edition pin with an Icelandic goat design by Always With Honor. What a lovely way to keep a constant reminder on your Haafell tote or favorite jacket! Check out a photo of the pin in our gallery.

    921 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $10USD
    Haffell Website Thank You

    For a $10 donation, goat farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdottir will add your name with a note of thanks for your contribution to her website.

    418 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $25USD
    Game of Thrones Photo

    For a $25 donation, you will receive a color photo of Casanova, the very fetching goat from The Game of Thrones who was carried away by Khaleesi's dragon. Your name will also be added in the gratitude section of Haafell's website.

    278 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $50USD
    A Private Tour of Haafell

    For a donation of $50 receive a private tour of Haafell, from goat farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdottir. The tour will include a sampling of Johanna's creamy goat's milk cheese and incredible goat's milk ice cream and of course, a snuggle with Haafell's amazing, gentle goats.

    182 claimed
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    $75USD
    Haafell Tote

    For a donation of $75 you will receive this limited edition tote with an Icelandic goat designed by Always with Honor and the message "Totes M'Goats". This tote is sure to lift your spirits while being a conversation starter and will also serve as a constant reminder of your contribution to such an important cause. Check out a photo of the tote in the gallery section of our campaign.

    150 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $75USD
    Haafel Tote (they're back!)

    Back by popular demand: for $75 donation you will receive this limited edition Haafell tote with an original design by Always with Honor and Randall & Andrea Morris. TOTES M' GOATS! Check out an image in our gallery!

    35 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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    $100USD
    Haafell Mug

    For a donation of $100 you will receive this fantastic mug from designers Andrea and Randall Morris featuring the Haafell Goat Farm logo and a message on the other side that reads: "I helped Save the Icelandic Goat From Extinction!" The mug is sure to lift your spirits each time you reach for it and will serve as a constant reminder of your contribution to such an important cause. Check out a photo of the mug in the gallery section of our campaign.

    150 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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    $100USD
    Haafell Mug (they're back!)

    Back by popular demand: for $100 donation you will receive this limited edition Haafell mug with an original design by Always with Honor and Randall & Andrea Morris. Check out an image in our gallery!

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $100USD
    Haafell Mug (back... again!)

    Back by popular demand for the second time! For $100 donation you will receive this limited edition Haafell mug with an original design by Always with Honor and Randall & Andrea Morris. Check out an image in our gallery!

    44 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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    $150USD
    One Dozen Icelandic Cookies

    For a $150 donation, receive 12 Icelandic cookies incorporating delicious Icelandic ingredients like angelica, smoked geothermal sea salt, and birch syrup baked by cookbook author Jody Eddy, who co-wrote the Ten Speed cookbook North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland with Icelandic chef Gunnar Karl Gislason and chef and culinary instructor Melanie Underwood.

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $200USD
    Icelandic Goat's Milk Soap

    For a $200 donation you will receive two of goat farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdottir's beautifully handcrafted soaps made with herbal botanicals and Haafell's own goat's milk. Your name will also be added in the gratitude section of Haafell's website.

    24 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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    $250USD
    A Box of Icelandic Chocolate

    For a donation of $300 you will receive a box of Icelandic chocolate from Omnom Chocolate (http://www.omnomchocolate.com/), a product as beautifully packaged as it is delicious to consume! Each box contains seven unique bean to bar chocolate bars made from rich Icelandic dairy milk and Icelandic products such as geothermal sea salt and puffed barley.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $500USD
    The North Cookbook, Signed

    For a $500 donation, you will receive a signed copy of the cookbook North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland in which the goat farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdottir is featured. The book will be published by Ten Speed Press in September. The book will be signed by co-authors chef Gunnar Karl Gislason and Jody Eddy along with Johanna. Book link: http://www.amazon.com/North-The-Nordic-Cuisine-Iceland/dp/1607744988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407065111&sr=8-1&keywords=north+the+new+nordic+cuisine

    8 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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    $1,000USD
    Adopt & Name a Baby Goat

    For a $1000 donation, should Haafell be saved, you will adopt a baby goat born on the farm. You will even be the one to name it! You will also receive personal updates and digital photos of your goat from Johanna. Your name will also be added in the gratitude section of Haafell's website.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $2,500USD
    A Private Cooking Lesson

    For a donation of $2500 you will receive a private three hour cooking lesson in Reykjavik with the Icelandic chef Gunnar Karl Gislason, chef of Dill and Kex, two of Iceland's most celebrated restaurants. Gunnar introduced the concept of New Nordic cooking to his nation and has been a champion of local producers his entire career. He is co-author of the upcoming Ten Speed cookbook of North: The New Nordic Cooking of Iceland and is one of the most charismatic & creative chefs you'll ever meet!

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $3,500USD
    Dinner for Four at Dill

    For a donation of $3000 you will receive a seven course dinner for four at the Icelandic restaurant Dill in Reykjavik. This is Iceland's most esteemed restaurant and many say after dining there that it was one of the best culinary experiences of their lives. Chef and owner Gunnar Karl Gislason is a marvel, committed to promoting traditional Icelandic food producers like goat farmer Johanna Thorvaldsdottir.

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