After some great rains, with a total of over 100 mm, we were back at it, trying to get the last of the olives harvested. We've topped 10 tons, with about 3 tons still left to pick. The rains caused some fruit to drop, but nothing too serious. In about 10 days we should pack up the last load, and start pruning the trees. Here are some more photos of the great folks who helped. Sorry there isn't a photo of everyone. Send me your pictures, guys.
Another picking season, and another great group of people have joined us. Some for a few days, some for a few weeks. the yield is amazing- probably our 2nd best ever. So far we've gotten 7 tons picked (as of Nov. 17th), with probably another 5 or 7 to go. Thanks to everyone who are making this such fun, even when it's ________ (fill in the blank- hot, raining, cold, early, buggy, thorny, noisy, quiet, sunny, heavy... )
It seems that the harvest starts earlier each year. By mid-October this year, we had already brought the first load of olives to the press. As of today, we've already picked the Shimlali and Suri olives, and are in the midst of the picking the Barnea. Oh, the Barnea! The trees are just dripping with clusters of purple and red olives. Luckily lots of people have been helping out, both from the kibbutz and from all over the world. A special thanks to Maybelline and Stephen from Singapore, who have been such great workers and so much fun to be with! And thanks to the other wwoofers and volunteers who have come and gone- Susan, Jonathan, Dina. And to today's arrival, Max. As well as all the kibbutzniks, my brothers and sisters, who come out and help when they can. And- the oil is so spicy and delicious! We'll begin selling this year's oil in about a month. So get your orders in now.
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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.