Orchard Practices

We strive to be mindful of the use of resources.  We regulate our water usage and tap into solar energy for power. 

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Pest Control & Nutrients

GF-120 Naturalyte for Olive Fly/Pest control and discing for weed abatement are implemented as a more natural method of maintaining the orchard.  

Proper tree fertilization is fundamental not only for the trees but also for the land. Therefore, appropriate soil sample testing and professional assistance is used even though materials are organic in nature.

Irrigation

Sustainability and water conservation are on everyone's mind these days and California is no stranger to drought conditions.  So we decided to contact Dr. Chahbani of Chahtech Technologies, Djerba Island, Tunisa.   He has designed a new technique for underground irrigation (based on the old world concept of clay pots) that represents 50% less of what is delivered using standard drip irrigation. Watering is gravity fed, applied only 4 times a year, and supplies the volume needed where the roots go to drink.

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Initially, we emailed and Skype called technical details back and forth for a few weeks so he could ensure correct irrigation fractions and timing for our blocks of trees with the diffusers according to the stages of fruit development.   He was very knowledgeable & thorough since this is his field of teaching, and he too manages his own olive grove.   By far, he has tested & established these diffusers as being the most cutting-edge, efficient underground irrigation system on the farming market.  The initial costs & labor outweighed the long-term benefits for saving water, energy, well pumps, dispensing fertilizers, weed control and for productivity.

Therefore, we are excited to be one of the first in California to be installing these buried diffusers on olive trees.   

April 2016 Update:

We received the diffusers and installation has begun. Irrigation pipe will be fully buried and diffusers are placed 60 cm (2 ft.) down to get the water and nutrients immediately where it needs to be, in the vicinity of the root ball - now that's smart water usage!  For more information, see our Links page for the website.  We also have a few available for purchase under our Shop page as well.  

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Note the size of trees which were pruned right before installation.   
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Early June, two months on the new deep watering system! 
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