FACT: IN 1995 WE CREATED THE VERY FIRST CASHMERE GOAT FARM IN ITALY. SINCE THEN WE HAVE SOLD TO BREEDERS NATIONALLY AND IN OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, AND THE POPULATION OF CASHMERE GOATS IN ITALY DERIVES ENTIRELY FROM GOATS BRED ON OUR FARM
WE ROSE TO A CHALLENGE, AND OVERCAME IT: OUR ELITE HERD produces quality Cashmere Goats, while garanteeing animal welfare and teaching others to follow in our footsteps; we offer OVER 18 YEARS' EXPERIENCE, EXCEPTIONAL GENETICS, QUALITY FIBER AND IMPECCABLE HEALTH STATUS
The first two goats tethered to a tree in 1988 have become home to the first Cashmere Goat farm in Italy, center for a genetic data base for selection of the Cashmere Goat in Europe, Here is where our goats are bred, selected, handled and combed, and where all the raw material for our exclusive products comes from. Our ELITE HERD is the fulcrum around which a series of agricultural and commercial activities now thrive: selective breeding and sales of live animals, manual harvesting of the cashmere fiber, hand weaving of their fiber, and last but certainly not least, the use of our goats in a multitude of inventive, original, and 'alternative' ways.
TOTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ANIMAL WELFARE ARE OUR TRADEMARK
We believe that animals can and should be raised humanely and with respect, taking into consideration not only their basic physical needs but also their sophisticated and complex social structure, innate intelligence, and quirky personalities: since 1995 we have raised our goats in the most natural and healthy way possible, grazing free-range with their young among the cypress-lined Tuscan hills.
At La Penisola every goat has a name and answers to it!
Before there was a label for it, we have raised our goats the only way that makes sense (or cents!): browsing unused and marginal farmland unsuitable for other purposes, improving infested pasture lands, clearing off brush, weeds and undergrowth from abandoned terraces and overgrown woodland, taking advantage of their rustic physiology and capacity to TURN WEEDS INTO PROFIT. SUSTAINABILITY is the benchmark of every phase of our farm production: no fossil fuels, no chemicals of any kind, no hormones, no antibiotics or feeds are used to raise our goats; all vegetable and animal residues are returned to the land as manure and mulch, our cashmere is left its undyed, softly natural colors. What we take from the land we give back two-fold, to produce a universally recognized luxury product, entirely traceable from the raw materials to the finished products.
In a time when small-scale agriculture, especially in Europe, is disappearing,
L’AZIENDA AGRICOLA LA PENISOLA, , is an exception to the rule