Sustainable and ecological management of our oil mountain is enormously important to us. Only in this way can we also be sure that the oil we produce is of the best quality. We also want to preserve the diversity of wild herbs, flowers, insects, etc. on our oil mountain and thus maintain its ecological balance. This means that we do not use poison against pests (e.g. the olive fly), but rely on gentle methods (e.g. fly traps). We also completely avoid artificial fertilizers and herbicides.
In spring we sow so-called green manure. This is a balanced mixture of various plant seeds. Among them are many meadow flowers and herbs, which bring important nutrients into the soil, improve the living conditions of useful soil organisms, prevent soil erosion and, by the way, make the mountain bloom beautifully. Useful insects, such as bees and ladybugs find plenty of food. Later, the herbs are partially incorporated into the soil around the olive trees, providing a good nutrient base. We also get sheep or goat manure from the surrounding cattle farmers, which we spread very sparingly as natural fertilizer under our trees. Small flocks of sheep graze within sight of our Mount of Olives on the lush meadows on the edge of the Meandros plain.
We irrigate our young trees during the dry months so that they thrive and become hardy. We use water from our own well and direct it to each plantlet, where it is returned to the soil drop by drop.
Very important to us is a gentle harvest in early autumn. Even though it takes a lot of time, we harvest by hand. We pick our olives from the tree, sparing its branches and twigs.
In order to avoid monoculture and to increase the biodiversity on the mountain, many fruit trees, such as apples, pears, figs, almonds, have been planted next to the olive trees. These attract bees with their flowers in the spring, which also help pollinate the olive blossoms.
Currently we are in the 4th year of the organic certification process of CERES . We are audited annually and after a successful audit we always receive our organic certification for a limited period of 1 year, currently until October 30, 2022. After that we will get our permanent certification which will then be audited at longer intervals.
We are very proud that we can make our contribution to climate protection with the Mount of Olives Miletus.