Olivar de la Luna Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olivar de la Luna Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Olivar de la Luna Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil


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About twenty-five years ago, Jesus Fernendez de Castro and Transito Habas Sanchez, fresh out of college decided to return to the land and put some of their optimistically youthful ideas to work.

Jesus' great grandfather had bought the cortijo - a 1000 olive tree farm - back in 1875, and installed a stone mill to produce olive oil for local sale. The mill was in operation until 1956, when it became more economical to simply hire people to work the land and sell the olives to the newly established local cooperative. Jesus' grandfather dismantled the traditional mill and over time, the family lost their direct connection to the land.

Jesus and Transito set out to prove it is still possible to live off the land. Taking over the family farm, and acquiring an additional 13,000 untended trees from absent neighbors, they went to work to create a truly sustainable farm that would support their growing family.

Working by the light of oil lamps as late as the early 80's, they studied and implemented organic agriculture and animal husbandry techniques, built a new mill, and worked with their local community to bring electricity to the area.

Living so close, yet so far, from today's conveniences has encouraged Transito and Jesus to rely on a mix of traditional techniques and modern technology: rainwater capture is the only water used on the farm, solar panels supply all of their electricity needs for the majority of the year.

Today, Jesus and Transito produce about 40,000 liters of organic Olivar de la Luna oil a year from olives harvested from their own trees. They raise 400 sheep that groom the land (they seem to have a taste for olives) and are sold for organic meat. Jesus and Transito have been leaders in their community, promoting more sustainable forms of agriculture and animal husbandry, and consistently fighting to protect the land for future generations.

1 liter or 34 ounces, 100% organic extra virgin olive oil using cold-extraction from hand-picked Nevadillo Blanco olives. Cordoba, Spain.


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