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Being held at Peninsula Providore’s Nangkita Grove on SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula, this field day is the next in the AOA’s continuing series of extension events.

The program builds on the successful round of national Healthy Soils Field Days, covering issues raised at previous events and a number of timely and relevant grove topics. It will also communicate the results of a composting trial undertaken on the property, supported by the Federal Government Smart Farms Small Grant: Soil Extension Activities program.

Presenters include Nangkita Grove owner Mel Hollick, AOA CEO Michael Southan, Grove management consultant (and AOA President) Mike Thomsett, and pruning ‘guru’ and horticultural consultant Andrew Taylor. A former grower and EVOO producer in New Zealand, with a background in pome fruit management, Taylor is now Grove Manager at Pendleton Estate in SA’s south-east growing region.

Highights of the full-day program include:

  • Grove walk and discussion around productivity
  • Maintaining a productive tree canopy, including a demonstration of renovation pruning
  • Grove biosecurity
  • Soil moisture monitoring
  • Soil nutrition
  • Making compost utilising olive prunings and olive pomace
  • Results of Nangkita Grove composting trial

The program will also include a tour of Nangkita’s olive processing facility and pomace production, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion with the experts.


When: Sunday, September 24 from 9am to 4pm.

Where: Nangkita Grove, 2250 Bull Creek Rd Tooperang, SA 5255

Host: Mel Hollick, Peninsula Providore

Cost: $44 levy payers/AOA members; $55 others (GST incl).

Registrations close: Monday, 18 September at 5pm.

Don’t miss the opportunity to arm yourself with the knowledge to improve your soil, get your trees in shape, and increase the health and productivity of your grove. Register here NOW!

This event is part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL22000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.