Olives to Oil is an annual celebration that brings communities together in the name of sustainable olive oil. People come together to harvest unwanted olives from Melbourne backyards and street trees to be pressed into local olive oil to take home for free.
This year thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Balwyn and City of Boroondara, Olives to Oil will be hosted at several locations across Boroondara. You don’t need to own an olive tree or live in Boroondara to get involved – read on!
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HOW DOES IT WORK?
On the 25th and 26th May we’ll host three harvesting events where volunteers meet each other, get instructions on harvesting from 3000acres, and head out with a map to harvest olives in the area. You’ll bring your olives back to the meeting place to be taken to be pressed by 3000acres.
The following weekend, we’ll meet again for you to collect your delicious, local olive oil to take home and enjoy!
DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OLIVE TREES IN BOROONDARA?
Boroondara includes the suburbs of Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Camberwell, Canterbury, Glen Iris, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills. If you know of an olive tree on the street, in a backyard or in a public place such as a community garden – we want to know about it! Fill out this form, or email us at email@example.com.
DO YOU WANT TO BE AN OLIVE HARVESTER?
Regardless of where you live, you can be an olive harvester. Closer to the olive harvesting weekend, we’ll have specific harvesting events you can sign up to attend, but in the meantime please register your interest here so we can keep you in the loop.
WHY WOULD I PARTICIPATE?
Free local olive oil, saving unwanted olives from turning into waste and contributing to the urban agriculture movement – why would you not?! Oh, and of course the harvesting parties are heaps of fun!
HOW DO I HARVEST OLIVES?
Don’t worry – we don’t expect you to be an olive tree expert! At the harvesting events we’ll give you all the tips and tricks, and send you out in a harvesting squad so you’ll have lots of support.
CAN I HARVEST OLIVES OUTSIDE OF BOROONDARA?
We’d love if you bring olives along from outside of Boroondara on the weekend, but they MUST have been harvested that weekend. Olives can spoil which would taint our beautiful olive oil. Make sure you give us your email so we can let you know where to deliver your olives.
IS IT FREE?
Participation is free and the olive oil is free! Once the olives have been pressed, we’ll divide up the delicious olive oil amongst all the participants – volunteer pickers and owners of volunteer trees.
WHY IS THIS IN BOROONDARA?
This program is supported by the Rotary Club of Balwyn and City of Boroondara. There are heaps of olive trees in the area to be harvested and we want to get all sorts of local people and groups involved.
HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH MORE QUESTIONS
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with olive your questions (see what we did there?!)