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Is your olive oil organic? Yes, it is probably the most organic oil you will ever taste.
Why our olive oil is not officially organic.
Products which are organic generally have a higher price because being organic has higher costs. We decided it would be a good idea to get organic certification so that we could sell our olive oil at a higher price. We paid our 160 euros for the first year to the certification entity. Around 5 months later the man who came to inspect the land came to visit us in a big gas guzzling Land Rover. He said it was not necessary to even look over our land. He said that he would never come unexpectedly to our farm, he would never jump over the fence to take a soil sample. He could give no advice about organic fertilizers and where to obtain certifies organic fertilizer. Basically as long I as I keep paying the fees I will get organic certification.
To me this is a system open to fraud and the organic certification does not certify anything. If you buy organic produce you just have to trust the producer. For this reason I gave up the idea of becoming certified as officially organic.
Why our olive oil is actually organic
Our olive oil is actually super organic we are vastly more organic than most organic olive oil. Here are the reasons why:
Non mechanical picking.
We pick olives by hand there are no noisy petrol driven picking machines.
We only use organically certified fertilizers based on animal manure.
We do not use any pesticide whatsoever.
Bee friendly meadow system.
We don’t plough around the trees. In the spring the olive grove is ablaze with wild flowers which attract bees and butterflies and many insects. We do not use any weedkiller.
No burning of prunings
From time to time you may have to put up with a neighbour burning tree branches after fruit trees are pruned. This releases Co2 into the atmosphere and the smoke is a pollutant. Here we use a wood chipper which creates several tons of mulching material which we use on the vegetable garden. Most of the carbon is incorporated into the soil. In addition to saving water, improving soil, combating pests and stopping weeds, wood mulch actually reduces the release of a nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Several website explain the many advantages of mulching: Link 1 Link 2