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Comvita Olive Farm Sustainability

21/10/2015

Comvita-olive-farm-sustainability 100% of our products are harvested in a sustainable manner. Once planted, our olive trees never need replacing as we simply remove their foliage every 12-18 months and it grows back using the nutrients provided by our home made worm fertilisers.

The leaves that we harvest from the olive trees are put through an extraction process to remove only the active ingredients for our supplements. We use the left over leaf as a mulch to help conserve soil moisture, improve soil carbon, deter weeds and help support a breeding ground for beneficial soil microorganisms. Some of the waste leaf is also fed back to our on-site worm farm. The worms eat the leaves and compost it back into a liquid fertiliser, which we then place back onto the olive trees. This circular cycle ensures that the trees continue to source their nutrients as nature intended, from the composting of their own leaf fall. It also reduces the total carbon footprint of the farm as we do not need to source highly processed fertilisers.

We use an integrated pest management system, where we release beneficial insects to help control insect pest populations.

The entire property has been designed to include a wildlife corridor through its centre. This area of forest and lakes allows the local native animals (koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and more) to travel through.

Our property is located in a relatively low rainfall area and we need to ensure that all of our water usage is carefully monitored and controlled. We only use drip irrigation systems on our olive tree hedge rows as this is the most water-conserving method. We also have a system installed to recycle the water that is used in the extraction process. This ensures that the water usage requirements are at least 80% lower than traditional methods.


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