Eygló Björk Ólafsdóttir runs an organic farm in East Iceland with her husband. She is currently the leader of the Association of organic farmers and food producers in Iceland (VOR). Her main interest is to promote organic farming in Iceland as a way to build a better foundation for rural development, create opportunities and better economic development in a sustainable way. Also to be better equipped to give input in policy making (but, she notes, Iceland is lacking agricultural policy, not to mention an action plan for organic farming). Networking and sharing knowledge about policy issues, and practical issues concerning our food and environment, is something she enjoys. She would like to see a significant increase in the level of organic farming in Iceland, as well as a more prosperous local economy in her part of the country where sustainable food production plays an important role.
By Eygló Björk Ólafsdóttir, ARC2020
Welcome to Mother Earth – Móðir Jörð – an organic farm in Vallanes, East Iceland, where people have lived and farmed since the 12th century. Here, Eygló Björk Ólafsdóttir and Eymundur Magnússon grow grain and vegetables, and cultivate local food culture in their on-farm shop and café.