About Red Rock Olives
Who are we?
Owners Rita Bikins and David Margetson took over the business in May 2013 and refreshed the brand. The couple have combined Rita’s past Melbourne business and public relations experience, with David’s 35+ years of agriculture and farming.
Rita was based in Melbourne, constantly frustrated with the waste created by the city lifestyle – the paper in offices, food packaging and fast food. David worked for Project Platypus, a landcare organisation focused on revegetating the Grampians area. The couple met whilst tree-planting in the Wimmera area.
Together they hope to have a small environmental footprint and promote the incredible health benefits EVOO has to offer, as well as food integrity in the community.
THE OLIVE GROVE
Red Rock Olives is currently dry-land farming, which gives the oil a more intense flavour. The Grampians area is similar to the Mediterranean climate which is ideal for growing the fruit. Olive trees are a durable plant with drought resistant fruit that can tolerate 40ºC summers and cold winters.
The olive grove remains organically grown, chemical-free and uses sheep to prune regrowth on the trees and grass. This also returns the nutrients of the plant back into the soil, a method Red Rock Olives likes to call “munch and mulch”.
The previous owners planted more than 5,000 trees enclosed in 18 hectares of kangaroo proof fencing in 1997.