Organic farming was a unique concept forty years ago.

Looking back to the late seventies and early eighties, I remember how organic products were a rare find. Only a few health food stores carried them. An organic way of life was considered more of a hippy, counter-culture type of thing.

So, imagine my surprise to learn that master shepherd Nunzio Marcelli resolved to build an organic sheep and goat farm, La Porta dei Parchi, forty years ago in the majestic mountains of Abruzzo.

The realization of La Porta dei Parchi is an inspiring story.

As you will find out in the following video, which is Part One of a four-part series, Nunzio was unlike many of his contemporaries who left their small villages in search of a more cosmopolitan life.

Instead, he applied his education and his passion to preserving the ways of nature and he committed to staying behind and “giving back” to this incredibly beautiful rural part of Italy.

I hope you’ll discover this gem of an experience for yourself one day.

I love pointing people to some of the most worthy and off-the-beaten-path experiences in Italy. For me, La Porta dei Parchi is such a worthy experience. Not only will the setting leave you pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming, but the artisanal sheep and goat cheeses and other products will deliver an extraordinary culinary experience.

If you didn’t get a chance to see the introductory video to La Porta dei Parchi, be sure to watch it and whet your appetite for the full series. Parts Two through Four are coming soon. For now, I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Nunzio Marcelli up close and personal in this video!

For more information on La Porta dei Parchi, click here.

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