What is transhumance
Transhumance is the practice of moving animals and people from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in the winter and highlands in the summer. It serves many purposes both nature and community wise, and its ultimate perk are the fabulous Alpage cheeses it lets us enjoy year after year.
The impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis has made Adopt-an-Alp more meaningful than ever before. Sustainability, integrity, traceability and animal welfare is what people demand when it comes to food. Alp Cheeses fulfill all these desires and needs. Supporting “Älplers” and keeping transhumance alive is an essential task of the after COVID era.
The summer of 2022
This year customers can choose from 28 different Alps. Most of them are seasoned Adopt-an-Alp participants. They have proven to be able to fulfill our requirements of quality and communication skills. We have Alps in all of the 14 Swiss cantons that do transhumance. So you get the whole spectrum of traditions, rituals, and specialties. As a novelty we have an Alp cheddar produced by Chris Leuthold on Alp Pommeren.
The Adopt-an-Alp map
Switzerland is a small country with an area just short of 16,000 sq miles and about 8.3 mio. people. And, of course, a lot of mountains. Our Adopt-an-Alp map
will help you locate the various huts and give you additional info besides the Alp profiles and the as the fact loaded spread sheet “Who-is-Who”.
Our website is packed with helpful and educational information around transhumance, Alpage, transhumance and everything related. Read the articles on specific subjects like tradtions, milk, AOP cheeses, etc. as well as scientific studies of different subjects to educate yourself and get broader insight.
The parade of our customers
14 customers supported Adopt-an-Alp in its inaugural year 2013. This has changed a lot, and the amount increased almost exponentially. In the last two years, the one with the pandemic included, almost a total of 100 stores, restaurants, clubs, etc. joined the program. Check the current parade of clients.