Olive Picking

SCP leader:                          Ms Abigail Galea

Participating school:      St Dorothy’s Senior School, Żebbuġ Malta

Students’ Age:                    11-12 years

Project time frame:          Project Year 1

  • Research question: What was the research question? What are the underlying regional problems?
  1. How can the school make the best use of its olive trees?

On our school ground there are plenty of mature olive trees that forms part of the Sisters of St. Dorothy convent. The community of sisters would pick the olives themselves to produce olive oil, however they had to discontinue this practice because of their old age. The students decided to help out and thus also prevent the wastage of this natural resource.

  • Approach: How did you proceed?

During the months of November and December the students organised olive picking sessions. The pickings were then given to the community of sisters. Most of the olives were prepared to be consumed as olives while a part of the pickings was taken to an olive presser to make olive oil.

  • Solution: What are your findings?

A sustainable solution was adopted to make full use of the olives that would have otherwise been wasted. Moreover, the project also had an economic target as the harvest provided products that would have otherwise been purchased. Students also became conscious that food that arrives on our plates is the result of a lot of work of other persons. Food needs to be respected and food waste avoided.

  • Recommendation: What solutions have you developed for the regional problem(s)?

The project was a success and plans have already been started to (i) make this an annual event, and (b) besides the harvesting of olives, include the harvesting of pomegranates (also present in the grounds).

  • Dissemination: How did you promote your recommendations?

The project’s results and suggestions were disseminated throughout the whole school community and beyond through the school’s social media platforms.

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