The Tschudis – parents Fritz and Anna and six children between the ages of 18 and 34 – literally only have to step out of their house and start walking up the mountain in order to dislocate to Alp Heuboden. Their farm and barns are located on 4,000 feet. Between the beginning of June and the end of September they switch between four houses and move up to 6,000 feet.
Heuboden, the uppermost Alp, is privately owned. The Tschudis have three employees and during the summer depend on the steady support of their six kids. All together, they tend to 60 cows, 80 bulls and 20 pigs from totally five farms. Anna and one son stay down in the main house where they take care of the meadows and wash the cheeses that are brought in from higher up.
On the Alp, Fritz produces approximately 20,000 lbs of Glarner Alpkaese AOP. Because Heuboden is located on a higher altitude than most Alps in this canton, far away from the communal aging cellar and not connected to a road, Tschudi is allowed to mature his Glarner Alpkaese AOP in his own cellars until the end of Alp season rather than to bring it to the AOP caves after the age of only one month.
During the time they stay at the highest place, Tschudi and his crew receive their provisions, washed clothes and other necessities once a week through a helicopter service that delivers to alps that are difficult to reach otherwise.