Much as I love the connection I've made with the garbage collection pile outside my apartment— watching it grow and shrink, seeing it sway in high winds— this communion is hardly as rewarding as the one I had growing up with the tree outside my window. That's why I was struck by an idea indirectly suggested by a New York Times' holiday gift guide mentioning Nudo olive oil— namely, adopting an olive tree in Italy from a small production grove.The romantic idea is that you adopt an olive tree from any of fifteen Nudo groves with faraway names such as Alendri and Fiorana, thereby extending the ecological boundaries of what you consider home. The practical pitch is that you support small farmers and actually receive the olive oil from your tree three times a year. In reality, the oil from your tree is harvested together with olives from about 50 neighboring trees in its society.
Considering we take for granted the notion that our social circle includes people internet-wide, there is every reason to embrace the idea that our ecological home extends to backyards far outside our bedroom window.