The cornerstone of the farm, our olive orchard covers 20 hectares with more than 5,000 trees. When we purchased the farm in 2012 the young trees were overgrown with weeds and nearly abandoned. With considerable investment and hard work we have reclaimed the orchard. Our annual olive harvest starts in April and lasts about six weeks.
We have two primary varietals of olives, Arbequina and Picual, which are harvested in early April and processed into olive oil. The third varietal, Manzanilla, is a pollinator for the Arbequina and the olives are lacto-fermented for table olives.
We manage the pasture in the olive orchard with a combination of methods. We graze Iberian pigs and Criolla sheep in the orchard, cutting the grass when needed to manage effective pasture regrowth and weed suppression.