Australian Growers Wait for Rain and Dip Into Drought Relief Assistance

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Nov 012014
 

 

Brisbane QLD AU

Brisbane QLD AU

It wasn’t long ago that the Australian province of Queensland suffered record floods. Now some parts have the opposite water problem and are suffering from drought. Three months ago the areas outside of the capital city, Brisbane, were declared drought-stricken and 15 olive growers filed for Drought Relief Assistance.

While olive growers in the northern hemisphere are harvesting, growers in the southern hemisphere are looking for the fragrant, snowy-white blooms that foretell a healthy olive crop. In the drought-affected areas of Queensland the blossoms are burned and brown.

The olive growers west of Brisbane haven’t had many good crops in the last several years, but they still know they have businesses to run. With the help of other Australian olive growers the Queensland growers have several options: buy olives from other groves and press them in their own mills, harvest directly from another grower’s land and again press them in their own mills, or buy bulk olive oil from another grower and bottle it for sale under their own label. But, regardless of these options lots of money in wages, equipment, pest management, etc. are lost daily.

While Queensland growers wait for November rains (good) or el Nino (bad) at least they have some financial relief in sight. I am hoping they get just the right amount of rain.

Here’s a run down on what the Australian Drought and Rural Assistance Program provides:

  • Income support
  • Farm finance
  • Farm management deposits
  • Tax measures
  • Financial counseling
  • Drought loans
  • Water infrastructure investment
  • Community support
  • Pest management
  • Interest rate subsidies

May the sun shine through your branches.

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Olive Growing Video and Olive Pickling Instructions, Better Homes and Gardens Australia

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Sep 192013
 

I found a video for us to enjoy on how to grow olives. It’s for the home gardener and is from the Better Homes and Gardens Australia website. Here is the link to the companion article.

In the video the host, Graham Ross, mentions a pruning technique to help encourage olive trees to grow fruit or grow more fruit. It’s this practice, opening up the canopy to let in the sunlight and air, that inspired my closing good wishes for all of my readers (see bottom of article ↓).

After you have fruit on your olive trees you absolutely must eat some, BUT not straight away. They’ll need to be pickled first. Also from Better Homes and Gardens are instructions on how to pickle your own olives.

“Step 1: Pick then sort olives, removing any that are damaged or deformed. Remove odd stems and leaves from olives to be cured. Rinse well with water.
Step 2: Place olives on a cutting board. Prick each several times with a fork or make 3 slits in skin using a serrated knife.
Step 3: Put 10 cups water into a clean bucket. Add ½ cup sea salt or cooking salt. Put olives in bucket, ensuring all are submerged – you can put a plate on top to keep olives under solution, if required.
Step 4: Pour out and replace saltwater with fresh saltwater each day. Do this for about 12 days for green olives and about 10 days for black olives.
Step 5: Bite into an olive to test – if bitterness is almost gone, your olives are ready for final salting.
Step 6: Pour off and measure last lot of saltwater so you know how much brine to make.
Step 7: Measure and put that quantity of warm water into a pan. Add and dissolve salt at a ratio of 1 cup salt to 10 cups water. Bring to the boil. Allow to cool.
Step 8: Put olives into a jar. Pour brine over them until all are submerged. Top jar with 1cm of olive oil, tightly screw on lid to seal and put in a cool cupboard. You can store your olives like this for at least 12 months.
Step 9: When you’re ready to eat, pour out brine and fill jar with clean, cool water. Leave in refrigerator for 24 hours, then bite to test. If they’re too salty, empty water and replace with fresh water. Leave in fridge for another 24 hours and test again. Repeat until your olives are just as you like them.”

May the sun shine through your branches.

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By Next Year Australia To Boast Biggest Organic EVOO Producer In the World

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Jun 172011
 

We all know organic is growing in popularity. By next year, Kailis Organic Olive Groves in south western Australia will be the biggest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the world.

Right now Kailis is completing their harvest for this year, and one-third of its produce is certified organic. According to Shane McCulloch, the olive grove manager, Kailis is aiming for the remaining two thirds to be certified organic by next May.

Stay tuned all you organic extra virgin olive oil lovers.

May the sun shine through your branches.

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