Longridge Olives is home to over 87,000 olive trees which produce in excess of 150,000 litres of high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil annually. The grove is a 100% single estate, family operated business that is committed to producing perfect olives to make their 100% Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Olives are grown under blue clean skies on pristine soil with ancient, mineral rich water that starts underground at in the Blue Mountains of Victoria and ends up in South Australia. Longridge Olives is currently the largest Super High Density grove in Australia
Longridge EVOO has won many awards over the years both in Australia and overseas.
We began our olive journey in 1998. The first orchard was planted the day after we bought our fourth child (a daughter) home from the hospital, so we always remember how hold the orchard is by her age. The second Super High Density orchard was planted in 2009.
We are a 100% family run business; our three sons and daughter participate in many of the farm activities such as driving tractors and assisting with harvest. Our third son Lachlan had decided to stay at home on the farm in a full time capacity, which we are thrilled about. During harvest our nephews come and help as well. Harvest is a wonderful time, with many laughs even when things go awry.
Our olives are grown in the “Limestone Coast” region which is characterized by large established olive groves of predominantly oil producing varieties. Growers in this region are producing large volumes of quality oil suitable for both the domestic and export markets. The EVOO produced in this region is fruity and considered to be more mild to medium in intensity, however some varietals such as Koroneiki, Coratina and Picual can be more Robust. Often the varietals are blended to create unique oils for special markets.
The majority of the world’s olives are grown around the 30° to 45° latitude (in the northern and southern hemispheres) centering on the Mediterranean basin. Longridge Olives is located approximately 35.5° latitude and 140° longitude.
The Limestone Coast region has climatic conditions very similar to that of the Mediterranean and has proven to be an excellent area to grow olives.
Our beautiful olive grove comprises a large area of heritage listed scrub land that is home to many species of plants and wildlife. We have a license to raise orphaned native animals such as Kangaroos, Possums, Koalas and Wallabies. We are proud to have successfully raised our first two orphaned Kangaroo Joeys named Roosevelt and Eleanor and we look forward to many more opportunities to care for our Native Fauna. These two beautiful kangaroos wander through our home and love to eat cashew nuts and drink milk from a bottle. We also agist the balance of our land out to help our neighbors who regular crop the land and run stud sheep.
We are careful to do things that maximize the healthiness of the soil. We have sandy soils so “drift” can be a problem, however we ensure that the soil stabilizing plants that help to hold the soil together are left untouched. Being conscious of the environment we live and work in is of paramount importance to our family.
Jim is a very proficient olive oil processor and ensures that our olives are processed with love and care and in accordance with good orchard practices to ensure that we make the highest quality oil possible.
We only use chemicals on our farm if absolutely necessary and the spraying regime is targeted to minimize waste. We only ever use products that are approved for olives by the APVMA and adhere to all with-holding periods and other conditions of use.
Longridge Olives has sponsored the Peake & District Footy Club Junior Colts Guernsey’s, the Pedal Prix team for the Coomandook Area School, Racing car driver, Relay For Life and many many other events. We believe strongly in giving back to our community as much as possible. We are also donating casks of oil as a fund raiser to help send a local girl to the World’s in the Australian under 19 Women’s Rowing.
The processing plant also employs local people and supports local businesses in the township of Keith in South Australia.