April 18, 2024


If it came down to choosing between organic or permaculture, I always choose permaculture.

Our olives hail from the sun-drenched lands of California, nurtured by the historic, mission-variety trees that have stood for over a century

In the world of agriculture, the choice between monoculture and polyculture represents a fundamental shift in mindset and practice. While monoculture has long been favored for its profitability and efficiency in modern agriculture, its limitations are nutrition quality and minerals in our food. Polyculture, with its focus on diversity and synergy, offers a thoughtful alternative that aligns more closely with natural ecosystems.

What is monoculture?
Monoculture, characterized by vast expanses of a single crop, may seem efficient on the surface. However, this approach comes with a host of problems. Vulnerability to pests and diseases is heightened when one species dominates, leading to increased reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The continuous cultivation of the same crop leads to long-term depletion of soil nutrients and our land.

What is polyculture?
Polyculture embraces the principles of diversity and the earth’s harmony. Rather than planting rows upon rows of the same crop, polyculture incorporates a variety of plants with different nutrients, growth habits, and pest resistance. This diversity fosters mutual support among plants, enhancing soil health, reducing the need for harmful pesticides, and promoting ecological balance.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

- Hippocrates


In our groves, the harmony between nature and agriculture is paramount. The strategic spacing of these trees, complemented by grazing sheep beneath their branches, serves dual purposes: it naturally controls weed growth and enriches soil fertility. This symbiotic relationship underscores the commitment to a holistic and sustainable approach to olive cultivation. Studies show that adding olive oil to your diet offers amazing health benefits. High in polyphenols, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. 

My goal is at least one teaspoon of Good Life Olive Oil every day.