Thursday, August 30, 2012

Conservation of Organic Historic Olive Grove

After purchasing and moving to the 400 acre Mission olive estate the influence of the trees turned us into full-time farmers and olive oil producers.

Along with research for the Centennial Celebration of the planting of the grove, increasing information about Mission olives became an even greater influence on our practices.
As well as maintaining organic sustainability, choices for orchard practices hinge around protection of this historic California heirloom olive variety.
Protection of the trees include:
  * no till cover crop - bio-organisms in soil / shallow roots
  * transitioning to grazing with dwarf heirloom Jersey cows - eliminating low-hanging-branch rubbing and new growth munching,
  * goat berry vine-removal, rotated VERY frequently, keeping goat's interest on berries rather than olive tree bark - those rascals!

In the case of a traditionally planted grove in a Mediterranean climate belt - as is this area selected by the original UC Berkeley professors - one could expect (as the professors did) the grove to be still thriving in 1,000 to 3,000 years.

Shown here is our photo of the forever commitment:
   Olivia, for Berkeley Olive Grove, turning in application received by
   Zack of Northern California Regional Land Trust.  Both grinning away.

1 comment:

  1. This makes me very happy, Olivia! Congratulations on the conservation easement!