Adoption of an olive tree, a present that will help to preserve nature.
The olive tree is one of the oldest cultivated plants of humanity. Since antique times it is a symbol for peace, longevity, health and strength. A mythological tree. Greek mythology wants it that goddess Athena herself gave it as a present to mankind.
La Rogaia offers Olive Tree Gift Packages, for one year or for a whole life. The adoption of an olive tree is not only a gift of high symbolical value: it includes getting finest quality extravergin olive oil from one’s own tree.
At the same time La Rogaia Adopt An Olive Tree Project is a valuable contribution to the protection of environment. The maintenance of olive trees and the olive harvest on the impassable steep slopes in Umbria and Tuscany are costly and labour intensive. This has caused the abandonment of vast stretches of formerly cultivated olive groves.
Ancient groves used to be set up on terraces, which were supported by dry stone walls in order to prevent erosion. These walls have been built by the olive farmers during centuries of hard work and have become a characteristic landmark of Umbria and Tuscany. Unfortunately a big part of these walls, which are also home to many small animals, are more and more threatened by decay. An important part of work consists in fighting against this decay in order to preserve this natural habitat. This even might help to attract more and new species of small animals. In the course of the last decades some of the ancient olive groves around La Rogaia have been overgrown by Mediterranean macchia, a typical low woodland with broom, wild roses, laurel, holm oaks and many other trees and shrubs. This has formed a multitude of wonderful new microenvironments. The clearing of this Mediterranean macchia, with the only objective to regain a maximum production of olive oil, would cause unjustifiable ecological damage. Therefore it is an important aim to make the olive trees accessible again and to give them the care they need for surviving and thriving without destroying the existing biodiversity.
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Villa La Rogaia is an agriturismo and organic farm situated near Lago Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. It offers holiday apartments and a variety of creative and art classes, such as painting, dancing, cooking, italian language, olive harvest and many others.