Olive growing is steeped in history and tradition. Few know the art better than Leandro Ravetti having just completed his 31st harvest. From working in olive groves around the world to now calling Australia’s Cobram Estate home. His work has lead to the company being recognised in the Australian Financial Review’s Sustainability Leaders list of 2022. So, it seems extra virgin olive oil is good for us and good for the planet too. To learn more, we discuss:
Leandro has worked in some amazing olive groves around the world and shares the places he loves most.
This year marks his 31st olive harvest in his career.
Leandro graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in Argentina and shares the differences in Australia’s landscape and climate compared to other countries.
Cobram Estate’s inclusion on the AFR’s Sustainability List this year and, what does it take to grow olives sustainably.
Olive groves are changing the landscape by becoming perennial forests which creates a well-balanced environment.
The Cobram Estate Zero Waste Policy initiative.
Biodiversity on the property and creating native vegetation corridors throughout the farm to improve biodiversity.
The unique system called ‘Oliv.iQ’ a summary of Leandro’s learnings which is then being shared to the community.
The most unexpected aspect of working with olives is how quickly Leandro fell in love with the crop and the land.
Most common myths and misconceptions about olive oil.
The future for Cobram Estate.
We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.