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Farm Sustainability

With floods currently covering parts of our farm and our nearby town of Shepperton we are reminded of the power of nature and the impact of it on the local community.

Flooding on our grove in Kialla

We believe in sustainability and biodiversity. Both are a core part of our brand philosophy and are essential for the natural development and health of our farm and the ecosystems that exist there.

We have a number of active projects around the farm to help us sustainably produce EVOO into the future .These projects aim to construct a circular farm where its aim is to reduce chemical and energy inputs and redirect waste for other uses.

  • We use co-farming methods grazing animals(sheep and kangaroos) on the farm to keep weeds off the farm and eliminate herbicide use.  The sheep and kangaroos also contribute fertiliser to the ground to help build up the soil nutrition.
  • For several years now we have had solar panels installed on the roof of the mill on our farm.  This means we can reduce our carbon footprint and electrical demand during the harvest.  As a bonus we can feed feedback into the grid at other times of the year when we are not harvesting or using our mill.
  • Our olive varieties are carefully selected for the best taste but also to ensure we don't need to use pesticides or fungicides.  Some olive varieties are more susceptible to infection from fungus or in years with higher rainfall.  We have so far avoided these issues by planting olive varieties that are much less likely to be infected.
  • We try to use as many closed loop systems as possible.  This means waster from the crushed olives (skin and pip) is spread back over the farm as an organic fertiliser for the trees. It adds organic matter as well as an essential potassium to the soil.  The pips as a fuel and energy source in our mill.
  • We are committed with the local council to preserving native vegetation on our farm which includes dead trees for nesting spots for birds and insects as well as wildflowers for native bees.

Wildflowers

Why olive oil?

Olive trees are a sustainable crop in many areas in Australia.  They have a much better carbon footprint than other edible oils. Olive trees are evergreen which means as they grow they can act as a carbon sink pulling carbon from the atmosphere.  The  International Olive Council has estimated that producing 1 litre of extra virgin olive oil captures an average of 10.65kg of carbon from the atmosphere(1). This means one hectare of the average olive grove neutralises the carbon footprint of a person, and the worldwide olive groves absorb the emissions of a city of around 9 million people.

Olive trees are fairly drought tolerant which is suited to the Australian climate.  They are not so flood tolerant however so we are yet to see the outcome of the current flooding. This has been the biggest flood we have seen in our time on this land.   Fingers crossed.

  1. International Olive Council, 2020; https://www.olioofficina.it/en/knowledge/agricolture/the‑carbon‑footprint‑of‑olive‑oil.htm, accessed May 2022;

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Goldi acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. Our groves in Victoria in the Shepparton region sit on the land of the Yorta Yorta people, and in the Limestone Coast in South Australia, we operate on the land of the Ngarrindjeri and Booandik people. Goldi is committed to supporting these communities for our business operating on these lands.