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 2021
This year participants can choose from 34 different Alps. And there are some novelties: The “Snowflake” by Alp Maran’s cheese master Walter Niklaus is the first soft cheese ever in the program. And within the wide mix of Raclettes we now offer one from the Italian part of Switzerland, “Raclettozzo”. Winter will taste great!
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.