Adoption Stories

Motivational and (often moving) stories of the olive trees that have already been adopted.

This is why they adopted their olive tree.
What is your story?

"Friendship tree"

Debby & Ruud for Marcel: The tree they adopted for their friend Marcel seems to look at Debby and Ruud in the same way that Marcel used to do: joking, making fun.

"I adopted this tree as a monument to our love."

This is such an amazing project. Last October 18th, my great love sadly passed away after 5.5 years of struggle against cancer. I adopted this tree as a reminder of him (my warrior, so powerful and positive) and as a monument to our love. I always wanted something special for him and when I saw this I immediately knew “this is it!”.

This gives me so much energy, it’s incredible. I was hoping that something beautiful would come my way for Loet and it really came so quickly. It was meant to be, intensely grateful ️❤

“For my birthday, instead of flowers, I have adopted a tree that will bear fruit!”

Isabella Buck: Eurolingua

Italy is MY country. It has always been. In my childhood, we went on holiday to the beaches of the Adria, Tyrrhenian Sea, and Elba and at 17 years old I got to know Firenze and Roma. When I am in Italy, I am approached in Italian because of my appearance. Love has cut my dream to live in Tuscany.

I had everything I loved in my little paradise in South Africa, when my house, garden, photo albums, cookbooks, and art collection were burned down overnight. The terrible inferno reduced 900 houses to ashes overnight.

Since then I only have what I really need. But it must be sustainable. For my birthday I often get beautiful bouquets of flowers; after a week they end up in the compost.

This time for my birthday, I have adopted a tree that will survive, and bear fruit too! I use olive oil daily. I am happy with my adoption and the reuse of my beautiful 5-liter can of oil …

My father, an artist, was born in 1911. He left a lot of art in the world. I want to honor him with tree number 11.

"Olive tree as a symbol of our family tree."

We chose this tree because it lies so beautifully in the line of sight of the Tiny Trullo; but also, because it already had such an adult appearance, with two large branches (our children Eva and Charlotte) that symbolically emerge from and merge in the trunk (the origins), but also their (capricious?) way further into their own future they must find. O life! O live! Olive!

“A birthday gift to myself.”

"Olive oil with a story."

I thought it would be a nice idea to be able to gift olive oil with a story to friends and family during the covid time.

I bought beer bottles at the farmer’s market, so that I could fill up enough gifts. However, my wife likes the oil so much that I am not allowed to hand it out anymore, for now 🙂

“A piece of Italy.”

Bed en Meet: Lianne and Rob, the owners of this lovely bed, breakfast and coworking space on the Caribbean island of Curaçao decided it would be a nice idea to have some company presence in Italy.

"Support for the tree."

Carolien chose the ‘special needs’ tree that needs support for 1 branch, because she thought that otherwise it would never be adopted … ❤️

“100 years old friendship.”

My university friends chose a group of trees that sit together comfortably, because we were physically not able / allowed to do that ourselves during corona.

“Go with the Flow!”

Joke Thoonen: sunbeam and inspirator

“Go with the Flow!”

I adopted this tree for my cousins of the Thoonen family.
I supervise a ‘team’ of fun, fantastic cousins; together we do wonderful things.
I am also a source of information from time to time. We have developed a very special bond, from childhood.
I have no children myself, the branch of the tree will soon stop when I am no longer there.
I want to leave something tangible.
22 is my birthday so hence this tree.

"A symbol of a family bond."

We named our tree ‘Kaap Merida’. Those are all the first 2 letters of our family of 5 (Karin, Peter Anne, Mees, Rivka, and David). The tree is a symbol of our bond, made even stronger by my middle son’s brain hemorrhage and the damage he sustained…

Which tree appeals to you?

What other olive tree adopters say

"This tree is a reminder of my partner who passed away and a monument to our love. I always wanted something special for him and when I saw this, I immediately knew - This is it!"
San
"I thought it would be a nice gesture to be able to gift olive oil with a story to friends and family."
Thijs
"For my birthday, I have adopted a tree that will live and bear fruit too! I use the olive oil daily. I am happy with my adoption and the reuse of my beautiful 5-liter can of oil …
Isabella Buck
"The tree is a symbol of our family bond, made even stronger by the brain injury my middle son sustained..."
Karin

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