Who we are
Kibbutz Gezer is a community of about 400 people, located in Israel between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The olives grown for Gezer Olive oil are grown organically, without any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. We have four main types of olive trees, all from our region: Suri, Nabali, Barnea, and Shimlali. Each variety has its own characteristics and taste. They are cold-pressed at a local olive press and bottled here on the kibbutz. We also produce olive oil soap and pickled eating olives, as well as growing and making zaatar and now lemons and limes.
The work is done by kibbutz folk, both members and their offspring, as well as friends and volunteers who come for the experience. This is not by chance. In spite of all the changes in kibbutz society (and Israel as a whole), we still maintain some of the ideals that were the mainstay of kibbutz ideology. We believe in the importance of self-labor and maintaining our connection with the land. Just as important, we want to avoid the exploitation of others, especially those from foreign lands who have limited rights and little power to claim what is due to them.
Since the orchard is small, encompassing about 1100 trees on 32 dunam (8 acres), each tree gets special care and attention. Interspersed among the olives are other indigenous fruit trees- almonds, figs, carobs and pomegranates We have also planted 50 forest-type trees as a shelter barrier from winds and from neighboring farmers who don’t have the same feelings about organic farming as we do.
We work hard to protect and improve the soil and ecology of the groves. We spread compost, plant clover and other nitrogen-fixing plants, and don't use heavy machinery, till or cultivate. .
Each year, at Tu B’Shvat (the Jewish Arbor Day), we plant more olive and other trees as a reminder of our obligation to respect and maintain nature.This year we planted a grove of 45 lemon and lime trees, which we hope will supply the Kibbutz in the coming years.
May 2015- Kibbutz Gezer Olives add a Facebook page