Olive Picking 2012

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Below you will find photos from our 2012 picking. This was an odd year. We started picking a week later than usual, realised that it was still way too soon, and had to stall everyone for several weeks. Thanks for hanging on in there. We think a combination of low sunshine hours and an initially dry autumn slowed ripening down.

First Weekend

Warning - teenagers at work - 1st Weekend Saturday 1
Warning – teenagers at work. The work part is good but the chatter….

Twig Removal - first weekend
Twig removal on the first day. Before each crating-up it pays to remove any larger bits the press’s leaf blower may not remove.

Above the call of duty? A long way up!
Above the call of duty? A long way up!

Loading the tractor
Loading the tractor.

Second Weekend – Several Weekends Later

Don't stand there - move that net!
Don’t stand there – move that net! Momentarily distracted by the photographer.

w2_Twig removal
Twig removal continues.

Third Weekend

A leaf shaker?
Our main-man on the branch shaker this year. Seemed to be more leaves coming down this year than normal, maybe because picking was so late.

Leaf-blowing
The increased leaf fall made us try something new – using a couple of garden blowers to blow off some of the leaves as we decanted into the bins. At a guess removed more than half the leaves. Though the local presses include their own leaf removal blower, you pay by weight for everything you deliver.

Fourth Weekend

Punk worker
A punk volunteer? No, but that’s what the beanie says!

Imported labour?
Our Texan/Hawaiian immigrant workforce…a visiting friend helping out.

Dressed for the worst
Dressed for the worst weather, but it wasn’t too bad – it didn’t hail…..

Net-moving
Dragging the nets between rows.

Rain - wot rain?
Dressed for the rain that never really arrived…

The M-team
Our secret weapon, or parts of it, the M-team.

 

 

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