We work hard to keep our environmental footprint small
From our irrigation to our mills we consider the environmental impact of every decision we make. We know this is as important to you as it is to us. This means minimising the use of energy and chemicals, while working to build up carbon levels in the soil
Most of our energy usage comes from on-farm solar power, helping to reduce our environmental footprint.
We also use crushed olive pit - a waste product from our process - to generate the energy that warms olive paste to the right temperature for processing.
When we are often processing olives at temperatures below 10 degrees this is very necessary!
We run sheep across the farms to replace the use of tractors and herbicides by keeping weeds in check. They also produce fabulous natural fertiliser!
Our groves also host a wide variety of wildlife, from kangaroos to echidnas to eagles.
We do track the wildlife we see. Our Kialla farm has the greatest diversity of birds, thanks to its proximity to waterways.
We have recorded 45 species of birds at Kialla
Black faced cuckoo shrike,
Double barred finch,
Little black cormorant,
Little pied cormorant,
Pacific black duck,
Plumed whistling duck,
Red rumped parrot,
Spotted turtle dove,
Sulphur crested cockatoo,
Superb fairy wren,
Wedge tailed eagle,
White faced heron,
Yellow billed spoonbill,
We have selected our new growing locations endeavour to avoid disease risk, and selected olive varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases.
This helps us avoid the use of pesticides and fungicides.
We also take care to increase levels of carbon in the soil, adding compost, biochar and even brown coal.