Adopt an Olive Tree, Salento is in serious danger!

Adopt an Olive Tree in Puglia, Salento! In the past 5 years MORE THAN 21 MILLION olive trees in Salento have been destroyed by the Xylella bacterium.

Xylella Fastidiosa is a bacterium that attacks the lymph vessels of the olive tree, thus preventing the plant from feeding and leading, in a very few months, to the death of the tree after complete desiccation of the branches.

What is Xylella Fastidiosa?

Xylella Fastidiosa , commonly known as Xylella, is a bacterium that spreads in the plant's lymphatic vessels, i.e. the vessels responsible for the supply of water and mineral salts.

How does it act in plants?

The bacterium creates a dense gelatinous mucilage that clogs the vessels, preventing sap and other nutrients from flowing into the plant's lymph vessels, which are critical for hydration of the leaf canopy. This causes typical desiccation of the plant.

Are there any solutions?

The main solution is to plant varieties resistant to the bacterium, such as Leccino and Favolosa. This seems to be the best remedy because it has a positive impact both economically and in terms of landscape.


But the entirely destroyed landscape is not the only effect of Xylella…

Over 5,000 farmers lost everything: jobs, history, memories and heritage.

The pollution rate has increased by 8 percent, and the land is becoming increasingly dry.

Italian olive oil was reduced by 50% (Puglia accounted for 49%)

How can you help us? Adopt an Olive Tree in Salento!

We founded Olivami®, a recognized association registered in the Single Register of Third Sector Entities, because we have to do something and now.

We need to recover the greenness of Salento that has always been represented by olive trees to defend our identity, our values and the lives of our farmers. Help us too, adopt an olive tree!



In this way we raise resources to plant new small olive trees resistant to the Xylella bacteria , particularly the Leccino and Favolosa species, supporting the farmers who will grow them!

In this way, we will be able to breathe new life into the farmer and his olive grove, foster the economic recovery of Salento and support the production of Italian extra virgin olive oil.

All of our olive groves are organically managed and created to preserve biodiversity: plants and trees of native species, such as oleander, prickly pear, oak, laurel, strawberry tree… are planted on the perimeter of the olive groves.

Look at what we are accomplishing

A Concrete Help

By adopting an olive tree you concretely help olive growers to return to the Salento countryside , devastated by Xylella. We can inject strength and confidence into their hearts, helping them and their surroundings as well. The new olive trees will in fact contribute to the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere : each olive tree absorbs about 600 kg of CO2 every year! And millions of them have disappeared throughout Puglia ...

A tree is forever

Adopting an olive tree means leaving your mark on Salento forever! Olive trees can survive over the centuries, leading the generations who live in their territory. When you adopt an olive tree on Olivami, you can assign a name to your tree , which will be engraved on a plate hanging from the tree itself. Weatherproof, this plate and the olive tree itself will be witnesses of your help in Salento, over the centuries.

An Original Gift

Give an olive tree as a gift? Yes, that's right, and it's very simple! During the adoption you can choose to give the tree / s to anyone you want: partner, parent, friend ... You will be able to dedicate the name of the tree to the recipient and send him a personalized message, which we will deliver by e-mail.

On our own we can't do it, we need your help too!

There are more than 21 million olive trees to be replanted, which is why we are asking for your help.

How can you do that? Simply ADOPT or GIFT away even one olive tree!

We created this platform to give everyone a chance to adopt olive trees and help us in this initiative.

“What we do is just a drop in the ocean, but if we didn’t do it the ocean would have one less drop” – Mother Teresa.

Below you have the different adoption plans, you decide how you want to contribute

Some photos of those who have already adopted an olive tree!

Read the opinions of those who have joined!

What do you get by adopting on Olivami?

For each olive tree you adopt you will receive extra virgin olive oil produced each year, which increases each year as the olive tree grows.

You will immediately receive an adoption certificate indicating the location of the olive tree(s) you have adopted.

You can visit your tree(s) at any time and participate in the olive harvest.

You will receive periodic updates on the health status and various stages of your tree(s).

If you wish, you can also decide to give it as a gift to someone you love. A noble gesture, which in addition to being original, will help Salento be reborn.

You can choose to pay by card or by bank transfer. All our payment systems are 100% secure through the use of recognized systems that guarantee the protection of transactions. Adopt an olive tree and help us turn Salento green again!

How to adopt an olive tree on Olivami?

Adopting an olive tree is so easy! Select the adoption plan you prefer, you can choose to adopt 1, 5 ,10 or 50 trees. By selecting 1, you can also decide to adopt 2, 3, 4…adding more olive trees in your adoption.

Once you have chosen the number of olive trees to adopt, press the “ADD” button and then the “CONCLUDE ADOPTION” button.

You will then be taken to the payment page, where you can enter your shipping information.

You may choose to make your adoption contribution by credit card, PayPal or wire transfer. All payment methods are 100% secure, thanks to the use of recognized systems that guarantee transaction protection.

For any problems or needs you can call us at +39 328 314 9324, we will be happy to assist you!

Do you want to adopt but don't know how?

Would you like to receive assistance with your adoption?

Fill out this form and we will call you back in the next few hours to assist you with your adoption! Or you call us at +39 3283149324 🕊️

    Who are we?

    We are a nonprofit association, registered with RUNTS (single national third sector register), composed of a group of young people who love their land and believe in Salento and its ability to recover from a tragic epidemic crisis.

    We founded Olivami moved by the desire to leave to our children what our grandparents and parents left to us.

    Do you want to help us? Adopt an olive tree yourself!

    How Olivami works


    Adopt or Gifts

    With a simple click you can adopt or give away one or more Olive Trees, even choosing their names. For every tree you adopt, we will plant a new one that can be adopted by someone else.


    Get the certificate

    Receive a unique certificate of adoption immediately showing the name you have chosen and the geographic location of your olive tree. In case of a gift, we will send the certificate to the recipient!


    Participate and Subtract CO2

    You can participate in the olive harvest and visit your olive tree whenever you wish, staying in a partner facility at a subsidized price. Each year you will receive the BIO EVO OIL produced by your tree and anindication of the amount of CO2 you have subtracted from the environment.

    Support our project!

    Help us reforest the Salento countryside

    Adopt or donate even one Salento olive tree and participate in the reconstruction of our land. Name your olive tree and come visit whenever you wish!

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    Do you want to adopt but don't know how?

    Would you like to receive assistance with your adoption?

    Fill out this form and we will call you back in the next few hours to assist you with your adoption! Or you call us at +39 3283149324 🕊️

      1. To fight against Xylella

      In the last 5 years, over 21 million olive trees have disappeared, destroyed by Xylella and over 5,000 olive growers have lost fields, jobs and traditions, reducing the production of Salento oil by 80%.

      2. To reduce the environmental impact .

      Over the past 5 years, the pollution rate has increased by 8% . Each hectare of olive trees removes 9.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. That is about 730 Kg of CO2 per year for each olive tree.

      3. To offer a true EVO oil

      We want to return to offering our organic extra virgin olive oil , with verified quality and origin, produced with cutting-edge techniques that allow us to have zero environmental impact .

      With your adoption you will help a farmer plant new olive trees.

      Adopt an olive tree, contribute to the reforestation of Salento!

      Support our project, join the reconstruction of Salento and leave your mark. You can participate in the olive harvest and visit your tree or olive grove whenever you wish.

      Are you a company? Discover Olivami Garden!

      Create your own olive garden and involve customers and employees in your social and environmental commitment. Support the reforestation of Salento and give the olive trees from your garden!


      Corporate gardens


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      Organized events


      Olive trees adopted


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      Regenerated hectares


      Farmers helped

      Adopt an olive tree: Frequently Asked Questions

      Is the adoption fee single or annual?

      The adoption fee is ANNUAL , but you can decide to renew the adoption at the time of the deadline.

      Renewal is done manually. We will notify you of the deadline about ten days in advance by email.

      Where are my olive trees planted?

      The new Olive Trees are being planted in the province of Lecce, in the area of Carpignano Salentino, Martano, Borgagne, Melendugno, Otranto and Maglie, where several farms operate that have joined the Olivami initiative.

      What name can I give to my tree?

      You can name it however you like: with your name, the name of a loved one, a fancy name, the name of a place or what it symbolizes for you (happiness, freedom, peace, etc.).

      If you adopt more than one olive tree, you may decide to assign a single name to the entire olive grove or one name for each tree, dividing them with a comma or hyphen.

      When it comes to a gift usually the adopted tree is assigned the recipient’s name or nickname.

      The name of the olive tree will appear on the adoption certificate and on the plaque hanging on the tree, along with the first and last name of the person who adopted it or who will receive it as a gift.

      When will I receive the oil?

      The shipment of the oil will take place approximately during the harvest period, ie from October to December , but if you need it immediately we can send it even earlier. It will be sufficient to send us an email to the following address: .

      We will package your oil accurately and safely, to get the product to arrive in top condition.

      What am I entitled to for each adoption?

      Depending on the adoption plan you choose (Basic, Silver, Gold, Platinum) you will receive a certain amount of Organic EVO oil, which will vary in the following years.

      With the Basic plan you will receive 1 liter of oil for the first 3 years, while for the next two years you will be entitled to 1.5 liters of oil, rising to 2 liters per olive tree past the first 6 years.

      It is also possible to add liters of oil to those already present in the basic plan : just select the quantity, which will be added to those already provided.

      At the time of adoption, we will send you a certificate showing your name and the location of your tree (so you can visit them whenever you wish).

      Can I give one or more olive trees as a gift?

      Of course. It is possible to give one or more olive trees as a gift . Just select, in the plan sheet, the option “ it’s a gift “.

      At that point you can enter the recipient’s name and surname, indicate his e-mail address (so that he can receive the communication of the gift), a personalized message, and the date of delivery of the gift.

      How does Olivami work?

      Olivami is anonprofit association (Olivami ETS – VAT No. IT05208280759 – Unique Code: X2PH38J), which brings together several Salento farms.

      We are based in Martano, in the province of Lecce. If you would like more information about our association and how it operates, please visit our Contact page.