We inspected the sandy soil where we are planning to establish our olive grove within the next few months. Oren explained that during the last rainy season they received very little rain and even the seasonal Lavan river didn’t flow.
In recent years, winters in Israel, especially in the south, have become increasingly drier. This is what has challenged me to green the deserts there, where it’s not easy. After we succeeded with the vineyard we would like to repeat with an olive grove. After about three years, in the fall of 2021, we with God’s help, are expecting to harvest the first olives and produce olive oil. But until then much will have to change in this desert patch. We humorously say that it is situated “at the end of the world, left!” More about this later.
We have long considered the preparations for the cultivation including a new irrigation system, fences, etc. We will probably start in about a month and have opted to plant the Cortina and Barnea olive varieties which produce excellent high quality olive oil. Planting an olive grove in sand is a challenge that needs to be well thought out and planned and we have to order the seedlings timeously. We will keep you up-to-date regarding the progress.
Oren, his family and us in Jerusalem are looking forward to this project and would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping bring this project to fruition (pun intended)!