The non-profit Musk Ox Farm is dedicated to the domestication of the musk ox, an Ice Age mammal that once roamed the earth alongside saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths. Known to Alaska Natives as “Oomingmak”, which means “The Bearded One”, this once-endangered animal produces an annual harvest of qiviut (kiv'-ee-ute), the finest wool in the world.
We welcome visitors to the farm for a close up experience of these magnificent Paleolithic ruminants with guided tours, engaging exhibits, a gift shop featuring some of the worlds only gently hand-combed qiviut fiber, qiviut yarn, and qiviut garments. We also host community events throughout the year. Visit our picturesque farm surrounded by the majestic Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. Our historic 1930s-era Colony farm is located just 45 miles north of Anchorage in the Matanuska Valley, the heart of Alaskan agriculture.
Qiviut fiber, qiviut yarn, and qiviut garments are the most coveted gift items in Alaska. The ultra-fine qiviut fiber is eight times warmer than wool and softer than cashmere. There isn’t a fiber artist in the world that wouldn’t, at some time in their lives, wish to work with qiviut. Shop our online store for raw qiviut fiber, qiviut yarn, and beautiful qiviut garments.
The Musk Ox Development Corporation (MODC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, promotes gentle musk ox husbandry, qiviut production and education to the public