: Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

 Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

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Green Gate Organic Farm acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which we farm. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Olive production

Olives are a well suited crop to grow in this particular bio-region. The olive trees require minimal off-farm inputs to produce another food source for the regions community.  

Around the year 2000 we planted a few hundred olives.  Many duel purpose, table olive and oil varieties were planted.  A couple of high oil producing varieties like Manzanillo and Correggiolo cultivars including Verdale - a good table olive variety, to name a few. 

The olives were planted on contour parallel to swales either side of the farms major access laneway.  When it rains the swales fill, slowing down run-off and passively watering the olive trees.  This hinders the reliance of water use from the Murray River.  A valued consideration in keeping in line with our farm rules - relying on minimal off-farm inputs, particularly in this changing erratic climate.

During olive harvest, we send the pigs into the olive grove. A great nutrient source for the pigs which also adds a great flavour to the meat from the Oleic acid. As the sheep move through the grove, they forage on the olive leaves.