by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
November 24, 2009
For our second holiday gift recommendation, adopt an olive tree!
Nudo is a family-run cooperative of olive groves dotted around a small hilltop village in the Marche region of Italy. Their olive tree adoption scheme now includes 2514 olive trees from a collaboration of nine small, artisanal olive producers. By adopting a tree, you can choose a specific olive variety, follow the progress of your tree for one year, support the local Italian family farmer, and taste the reward of your investment.
In this day and age of mass production I find it more and more important to support artisanal producers so you know where your food comes from. Nudo promotes being eco-consicous so a portion of the estate is set aside as forest to offset its carbon footprint. And their recycled tins are used as an environmentally friendly alternative to glass bottles.
As a gift to yourself or a loved one, when you adopt a tree from Nudo ($105) you or the gift recipient will receive the following:
- A personalized adoption certificate and information booklet that describes the tree,
- Four 500ml tins of first cold press extra virgin olive oil from the tree in the spring (mid-April),
- Three 250ml tins of infused extra virgin olive oil (i.e. lemon, chile, orange) in the fall,
- An open invitation to come and visit, hug or water the tree in person.
To learn more about Nudo, adopt a tree or check out their products, click here.