From the Farm to the Mill

The farm is located in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County, California.  We are surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills.

Irrigating our trees:   The drip irrigation system allows the olive tree to take advantage of the minimum amount of water that is used. Some folks use the non-till farming, maintaining vegetation cover, that has been practiced since 20 years ago. This practice minimizes the loss of soil by runoff and the damage to the roots of olive trees. Thus, a native vegetable surface is preserved.  We use mulch to prevent weeds around our trees so we do not have to till around the tree roots.

Pruning is carefully done, depending on the tree needs and leaving the sunlight to enter all over the tree. The branches are mulched and are left out on the grounds creating a more fertile soil. It incorporates part of the phosphorus, potassium, and organic matter of the remains.

The fertilization is made depending on the identified needs of the tree according to the analytics of leaves.

The harvesting is carried out from October to December. Starting with table olives and after with milling olives. According to the stage of ripeness, olives, from different places of the farm are collected. The harvesting is done partly by hand and partly by means of mechanical rake. To ensure the freshness and quality of the fruit, the olives collected are taken to the oil mill within 24 hours after being harvested.

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