Now You Can Adopt a Sheep

Yes, you can adopt a sheep in Italy, even if you’re halfway across the world.

And by doing so, you help support an organic sheep and goat farm deep in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy. You get to name him or her, get an identity card and certificate, and you will have artisanal cheeses and wool products shipped to you as part of your sponsorship.

Master Shepherd Nunzio Marcelli birthed the Adopt a Sheep program twenty years ago.

As part of my in-depth visit to Nunzio’s organic farm, La Porta dei Parchi, I had the good fortune to sit down with him and hear firsthand about the program. The video below, the second in a four-part series about the farm, is dedicated solely to the Adopt a Sheep program.

A program designed for people living in cities to stay connected with life on a farm that is dedicated to sustainable practices.

Whether you’re half a world away from Italy or whether you’re a short train ride or flight away, the Adopt a Sheep program keeps you close to La Porta dei Parchi, your sheep, and the amazing products the farm produces. If the video below whets your appetite, I encourage you to go to La Porta dei Parchi’s website to get all the details and to sign up.

And, coming soon is La Porta dei Parchi’s journey with the shepherds, La Transumanza! Stay tuned.

By |2019-01-19T20:24:36+01:00November 28th, 2018|Abruzzo, Food in Italy|8 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Novelia December 1, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Caro Jed, I will never get tired to tell you how deep you go into your life experiences, that you make along the path of your life, bringing out the best of what they give you, like in this case Nunzio Marcelli. This time around you knew that there was so much to tell, so you gave importance to every detail and nuance of Abruzzo reality, hidden to most. You are letting your followers so involved, sharing with them the unspoiled Italy, where magically time has stopped. Nunzio’s story comes out loud and clear. Who will ever visit, will go back in time and feel the real values of this amazing place. I simply love the tender expression of the sheep. Abruzzo thanks you. Novelia

    • Jed December 1, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Ciao, Novelia! I never get tired of telling the story of Abruzzo. I consider myself simply a window to this amazing region and its warm-hearted and generous people! I will endeavor to keep shining the light on the innumerable treasures there! Jed

  2. Kevin November 28, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Jed, I thoroughly enjoyed this video….and marveled at the quality and the clarity of the sheep….especially the close up shots of their faces. The people involved weren’t bad…but the real stars this time were the sheep! 🙂

    • Jed November 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Ciao, Kevin! I know, there’s zero competition when a sheep is involved. They steal the show with their sweetness and innocence and we humans pale by comparison. I could spend an entire day just taking photos and videos of sheep and goats. I hope to return in winter to capture them in the snowy environment!

  3. MARK TESSICINI November 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Wonderful job completing this. Thanks to everyone involved for sharing this amazing story.

    • Jed November 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Grazie, bother Mark! It takes a village, doesn’t it? In this case, the mayor of the village is Novelia, Nunzio and the sheep are the stars, and I’m an honorary citizen!

  4. Christina November 28, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is such a cool program!

    • Jed November 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Nunzio is a man with a big heart and is full of vision and love for preserving this way of life. Glad you like!

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