The harvest began with a couple days of picking in mid- October. Then in late October a group of 7 Wwoofers from around the world arrived on Kibbutz Gezer. They quickly developed into an amazing group of friends and farmworkers, always willing to help. They just as quickly adapted to kibbutz life and the hot and dry weather, and started picking olives together with the kibbutzniks. First the Suri, then the Shimlali, Barnea and Nabali. We also had our first olives from the small Picholine trees. The yield wasn't great- yields were low all over the region. About 5 tons.
In between varieties, we planted the first phase of a lemon and lime tree grove- about 45 trees. They are situated alongside the olives and the zaatar. We also spread a truckload of compost around the trees and along the water lines, seeded clover and alfalfa, and other tasks.
Thanks to all who came and helped. Your work and contribution is really appreciated by all of us at Kibbutz Gezer. You will be missed!
Celebrating the harvest at Badra, the best hummous restaurant in Rehovot! Thanks Barak for providing us with amazing meals.
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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.