Sunday 23rd February - Linda Costa Table Olive Workshop

South African table olive expert Linda Costa’s presentations and workshops at the 2018 and 2019 National Olive Conferences were a hit and left growers wanting even more … so she’s heading back for a national workshop tour in early 2020. 

Linda will deliver a series of full day workshops across the nation, ensuring industry-wide access to her expertise. The workshops will cover all aspects of table olive production and marketing, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand. There will be lots of opportunity for Q & A.
For more details and to register your attendance https://olivebiz.com.au/event/linda-costa-table-olive-workshop-national-tour-sa/

Saturday 29th February - Table Olives Field Day

Following the AOA Table Olives Workshop with Linda Costa growers now have an opportunity to visit the Verdale Olive Estate in Two Wells SA, owned by Nick and Anna Kryiacou. 

This is an exciting opportunity to see an existing and successful table olive facility processing 250T of table olives each year. 

We are also including an on-grove discussion by horticulturalist Andrew Taylor, about harvesting and pruning practices for improved table olive fruit quality.

We will also have Table Olive Judge Andrew Markides, who will enlighten us on what judges look for in a table olive.

The day will finish with a wood-oven pizza light-lunch.  
Please RSVP to Michael on 0419 815 839 or email mj@johnstons.net.au by Friday 14th February to confirm your attendance as numbers are needed for catering purposes.
Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
Where: Verdale Olive Estate, 27 Bailey Road, Two Wells, SA 5501
Time: Field day starts at 11am.  Lunch starts at 1pm. 
Cost: OSA Members free attendance. 
Coffee & alcoholic drinks from Verdale Olive Estate’s café are your cost.
Non OSA members $20. 
Coffee & alcoholic drinks from Verdale Olive Estate’s café are your cost.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting field day.

Friday 6th March - Sensory Training Workshop

Would you like a better understanding of what makes award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest?

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists. You will come away from the workshops with a better understanding and appreciation of what goes into producing quality Australian EVOO and table olives and learn about sensory evaluation.

Presenters of the workshops are: Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher and Peter McFarlane, OliveCare® administrator.

For more details and to register your attendance https://olivebiz.com.au/event/sensory-training-workshop-sa-march2020/ 

The sensory training section of the workshops are aimed at those with little to some olive tasting knowledge. Those who are well trained and have judging experience are encouraged to attend to benchmark their tasting skills and to learn about the growing and production technical aspects of what produces faults in EVOO and table olives. Experienced judges attending will be in a position to ‘give back’ by sharing their skills and experiences with the less experienced.
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Saturday 25th July - Field day at Woodside Farm 

Come and see how the trees have recovered from the devastation
of summer bush-fires. 

Olives SA members and olive enthusiasts gave their time on 31st December 2019 to assist Ron and Ethne Baker at Woodside Farm remove and clean up 50km of damaged irrigation to their olive trees. 

It's now time to check in and see how the trees have recovered.

Ron and Ethne will explain how they saved the property.

Peter Cox called on his many years of experience managing olive groves to devise a programme to bring these trees back from the brick, and he will tell us how he did it. (Apparently his custom built tree saw is a sight to behold!)

Jared Bettio suffered some losses to his trees and will share his experiences of what worked best to help the trees recover

Andrew Taylor agronomist and Grove Manager at Pendleton Estate has a wealth of knowledge, especially about pruning and long term management of trees to increase yields. He will add to the discussion about how to manage a situation such as this.

We plan to wind up the session with a BBQ in the lovely garden that Ron and Ethne managed to save from the fire.

10.00am - 12.00pm

Wuttke Rd
Woodside, SA 5244

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