Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP

Published

07/24/2018

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Mýrdalshreppur
Vik
Iceland

Description

For the 7th year, the volunteers in this project will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts cultivate carrots and keep cow. The farm is located in the South of Iceland, in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.


There will be various tasks, depending on the weather: some cleaning tasks, for instance clearing fields of rocks, fences, trash; beautifying the area around and removing an invasive species called Rumex Longifolius. Rumex Longifolius, commonly known as dooryard dock or northern dock, has been used in Iceland in order to control soil erosion and revegetate eroded areas, but in some places its spread is more than desirable and endangers the native species. This weed can remain viable for a long time. It is helpful for vegetative reproduction and adaptable to different environments. It is primarily a weed of grassland, and in this habitat it benefits from agricultural practices which lead to disturbance or eutrophication. It reduces production from the field and lowers the feeding value of the grass to the animals.

Those who are interested can help out with farm activities, such as taking care of the animals, cultivating carrots and vegetables. Participants are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general. The group will also be taking care of trees, cutting and planting them.


Project dates:

September 26 - October 10, 2018

October 10 - October 24, 2018


More info at: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-iceland


Volunteering Worldwide: http://cadip.org

Benefits

  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects: http://cadip.org

Give us a call: 310-882-7400; 646-657-2900; 617-841-0400;

604-628-7400; 416-943-4900; 514-316-8500;


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