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What we're all about

Adopt-an-Alp is guided towards everyone who loves cheese - the makers, sellers, and consumers. The participants have access to seasonally made, hand crafted, smallest production Alp cheeses. They also are in contact with and learn about the people and animals that make it possible for us to enjoy these precious cheeses.

Why Adopt an Alp?

Thanks to Adopt-an-alp American cheese lovers have access to truly rare cheeses made during summers only on Swiss mountains, the Alp cheeses. They also get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the animals that contribute the milk and the farmers who craft these unique cheeses. This connection leads to a mutual respect and the realization that we all need to work together in order to be able continuing to enjoy Alp cheese.

How can I Adopt an Alp?

Adopting an Alp is easy. Choose your favorite Alp(s) - you can read up on each one on the website, check out the "Who is Who" spreadsheet if you prefer the quick way, or contact us to find the Alp that suits you best. With picking your Alp we make sure you are the only one in your geographical region to represent its cheeses, and you tell us how many wheels you want to receive in the Fall. That's it.

The fun stuff!

There's some fun and informational action going on between the moment you have chosen your Alp and the one when you are receiving your cheese. The blog on our website allows you to follow and stay connected to your Alp, family, herd and cheese, and so do the updates, photos and videos on fb and Instagram. This gives you the opportunity to educate your clientele - or for the end consumers: the ones you will be sharing your wheel with -, build an understanding for this very special type of cheese and create contagious curiosity. There's a contest tied to the program every year. The ones with the most creative concepts of how to communicate Alp cheese with the customers and thus ignite a value for and keep it alive are rewarded with a trip to Switzerland.

What is transhumance

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”.

Get educated

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.
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