Part of the 16,000 trees in the OLIVE FARM
I am adopting in Italy! And it is 1,000 years old!
As an Italian American I continue to feel that there is part of Italy that I am missing or do not belong to. Is this why I return to Italy EVERY year? To reconnect to the people who are my heritage.
Or to find a place in Italy where the slow life seeps into your bones and you breath deeply every day, NOT just the 2 weeks of vacation you have each year.
So, after visiting the Taurino Oliva Farm in Puglia in December, I was thrilled that they planned to open an Oliva field with 200 trees that would be available for adoption!
Everyone has heard of programs where you can plant a tree or buy a star but here at Taurino's Oliva Farm I will be able to select a tree that I can adopt in memory of Big Ed.
There are 50 old, big trees, 50 classic trees and 100 young trees in the field. There was no question that I wanted one of the old trees. And we are talking OLD: 1,000 years old! Just think what my tree would have seen over the past 1,000, this shall be a later blog on what was happening in Puglia 1,000 years ago.
As my tree is cared for over the year: organic fertilization, pruning, harvesting the olives and pressing the oil, I can receive an email update every 3 months. With advanced reservations I may also be able to attend the harvest!
The Taurino Olive Farm, located in Squinzano, has been a family operation since 1942 and is now managed by Donato and Rosaria Taurino. Their state of the art pressing and bottling facility can been seen on my blog on how to taste olive oil: http://bit.ly/14osDbr