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Kevin
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General questions regarding Olive farming
Aug 25th, 2006 at 1:57pm
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Dear all,

many many thanks for your acurate advise on the Molloy Dolly. We recently visited the mill and was greeted by Marga who was very helpful and spoke good english and gave us good information etc. 

We have a couple of questions regarding olive farming;

1. We were wondering where can we purchase nets and boxes for collection of the olives? 
2. Also dose anyone know when aproximately the olives are ready for the harvest? We are coming back for a few days in November to harvest the olives but are not sure what dates exactly. I understood from Marga that between November and say January was the best period?   
3. Dose anyone know the variety of olives in the Tortosa area?

Any help will be appreciated

thanks again Kevin and Ruth
  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #1 - Aug 25th, 2006 at 10:07pm
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Hi Kevin:  Its a big subject...olive farming...a few lines is not enough to be of much help, but....

1.  Yes the olives should be ready between November and January, but like any crop they will not all be ready at the same time.!! So what the farmers do is to start to clean under the trees and do a first pick of the ones on the floor about November time, then continue to pick and take to the mill right through until February.  Now depending on how good your olives are, and how much time you want to spend and how many trees you have, the methods are..1 pick them staight from the trees...very time consuming...allow a few hours for each tree, and expect to harvest from it several times, or 2, collect using nets...invloves spreading the nets under the tree and knocking the olives off into them, angain very time consuming but again you get a better crop and a few more cents per kilo, or 3...the most common way to harvest, is to pick them from the floor using a "recollector" like a lawn mower but with spikes for picking them up. This is the most fequently used (round here), and the quickest and easiest, but as the olives are only good for oil, you get a few cents less per kilo.  The biggest thing is cleaning under the trees. Its a big job!!

2.  I think there something in the order of 90 varieties of olives...yours will probably be a mixture like ours!!

3. If you ask down at the mill they will probably give you a few sacks to get you started, not sure about boxes, but nets can be purchased from Sol d'ebre.

Hope this helps...you really need to be living out here to be able to pick a crop, then you will probably find a local farmer will be only too glad to give you the benefit of his experience!!

Good luck

Liz
  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2006 at 6:44pm
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Hi Kevin and Ruth,

About everything you ever want to know about olives you can find at:

http://www.oliveoilsource.com/

Under the ´facts´ section there is a load of information (Except of course were to buy nets and stuff around Tortosa Smiley

Mark
  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #3 - Aug 26th, 2006 at 7:08pm
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This might be of help to you also

http://www.geocities.com/~gianno/angi2.html#Planting

Ian
  
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Kevin
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2006 at 11:39am
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Dear Liz

many thanks  for such informative advice. Just one more question where is the Sol'debre is it a shop in Tortosa? It would be great if we lived there, maybe one day soon! What we were thinking was we would come over mid-November and do a harvest. This advice was given to us by Marga at the Molly Dolly what do you think.
Thanks again
Ruth and Kev
  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #5 - Aug 28th, 2006 at 12:18pm
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Hi Kevin and Ruth:  The Sol d'ebre is on the roundabout at Ferreries, if you came from the Sabeco, back to the roundabout with the dancers in the middle, straight over then under the bridge and its the next roundabout, first exit, on the right. Its a cooperativa/moli, but sells all sorts of agric stuff, weedkiller sprays etc, plus a small supermarket.

Maybe you could do a small "trial" harvest with your olives this year??  just clean under a few trees...the ones which look the best...and gather the olives from the floor....if you dont have too many you could probably use a stiff brush to brush them together, then shovel them into sacks....we have seen people taking just three or four sackfuls down at the mill. Dont worry about leaves/dirt etc in with them...they get cleaned at the mill.  Just a thought...do you have any irrigation on your olives.??  This year has been so dry, that a lot of people have low crops this year unless they have been able to water.

Good luck

Liz and Trevor

ps...whereabouts are you??
  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #6 - Sep 5th, 2006 at 9:49pm
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Hi Liz and Trevor

thank you again for your details on the moli dolly  and sol ebre and advise on the olives. Its really nice to talk to  people that have had similar experiences etc.

We hope to come over on  16th November for a few days. Its all we can spare but we hope to as you say try to harvest a few trees and see how it goes. I will be coming over in October to fix the roof for a few days also.

Our small farm is in the Campredo area its about ten minutes into the hills off the old road to el Perello accessed off the new roundabout on  the main road between Tortosa andL' Aldea (about 1.5  miles as the crow flies from the molli dolly). We can just see the main road and hear the quarry sometimes (a bit worrying).

Are you located nearby?

Many thanks again

Kevin and Ruth



  
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Re: General questions regarding Olive farming
Reply #7 - Sep 5th, 2006 at 10:22pm
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Hi Kevin and Ruth:...Sent you a PM

Liz and Trevor
  
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