|Derek is a 6th generation farmer and his family has farmed walnuts for over 60 years. He studied agricultural engineering at Cal Poly and is an irrigation specialist. He's a very passionate farmer and our crop shows that. He chose to plant the high density Arbequina variety because they grow well in our climate and soil and are more drought tolerant. In 2008 when we planted, we were experiencing somewhat of a drought. Because we harvest the olives mechanically, it is quicker and more efficient; therefore we get the fruit to the mill more quickly, which improves the quality of the oil.