It took a while, but I finally got Gezer olives jarred, labeled, and into the Colbo (kibbutz store). They taste great, and are naturally pickled using only salt, garlic and lemon. A lot of thank yous are in order. First to all the olive pickers from last year who worked picking, sorting, and pickling the olives. That includes the 5 women from the Habonim workshop who came for a weekend and moved things along. Varda Livney and Peter Rugill collaborated on the label design and printing, and Ayla Livney who helped me figure out a system for getting them into the jars. So far the feedback has been good. A new product is born!
For those of you who haven't been in Israel the past few weeks, it is hot! Even though most of our trees don't get irrigated, those that need it, especially the young trees, really suffer without it. So I've been watering, including keeping the drip irrigation lines repaired. This is also the time to prune the suckers sprouting out from the base of the trees.
I'm already thinking about picking this November/December. The harvest is not large, but it will still take about a month, and then another month of pruning. Ruth and Jan will be back from Norway to help for most of the time, and a young WWOOFER from Philly is coming for 2 weeks. If anyone is interested in coming to work, whether for a day or a week or a month, write and I'll send more information . Spaces are filling up fast.
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I'm Dani Livney, a member of Kibbutz Gezer, and the manager of the Gezer olives. I love it! I also work as a lawyer, focusing on environmental projects and promoting environmental empowerment and education.