We finished picking in mid- November, with a final total of 3 tons of olives. Pretty small amount for us, especially following a year with 23 tons. But if it's any consolation, all the farmers in our region had similar yields. Some did not even bother to pick. Jan and Ruth arrived soon after, and we started pruning together with Elan. It has been going well, but then 10 days of rain put things on hold. Yesterday we finally made it back out to the olives to continue pruning. As you can see in the picture, the lower part of the grove got pretty flooded as it does most years. Doesn't seem to cause any problems, since it dries up w/in a few days. The days now are sunny and cool- perfect weather for being outside. The trees seem to like it to. Getting a little winter nap time.
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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.