We are the Texas Hill Country Olive Company: a small, family-owned business based in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We started growing olives in 2008 and soon became the only certified organic olive orchard in Texas. We have gone on to became the state’s first award-winning olive oil producer and have won several bronze, silver, and gold medals for all three of our non-infused olive oil varieties at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. Our company keeps expanding with more products, more events at our store and orchard, and more regular customers. We love our increasing number of devoted customers, but we can no longer produce enough olives in our 16-acre orchard to make enough olive oil for them. That’s why we need funders to help us build a new super orchard! We are currently one of the state’s leaders in the olive oil business and we would like to continue producing Texas olive oil for more and more people. Expanding the domestic olive oil industry will give you access to delicious homegrown olive oil, boost the economy of Texas and the United States, and will even benefit our environment with the planting of more trees!
What We Need & What You Get
We need $1 million to create our super orchard. This money will go toward buying land and planting 100,000 olive trees, building fences, digging wells, and creating an irrigation system. It will also be used to pay personnel to care for the olive trees, thus creating jobs. We also want to continue our practice of being the only certified organic olive orchard in Texas, which gets expensive. If we unfortunately do not reach our goal of $1 million, all money raised will still go toward our super orchard. We will plant olive trees as soon as possible and anxiously wait 3-4 years until production.
As an expression of gratitude to our funders, we will give you a discount on all of our products for the next month, year, or two years, depending on how much you generously contribute. If you contribute $1000 or more, you also get free admission to one of our events per month, plus free admission to our Olive Festival for two years! We host many dinners, cooking classes, and festivals that always draw a crowd. Your discount of 10%, 15%, or 20% can be used at our store, online, or at any of the farmers markets and festivals we attend. It can be used on any of our products, which are not limited to olive oil. We make extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil in three different non-infused varieties as well as three infused varieties: garlic, lemon, and jalapeno. We also import delicious balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy—we carry traditional balsamic and 10 different fruit-infused balsamic vinegars. In addition, we make a line of natural, olive oil-based spa products like lip balm and hand/body lotion. Visit our website to see everything you can enjoy with your funder discount!
We have been successfully producing extra virgin olive oil for nearly four years, so we have the experience necessary to create this super orchard. By becoming a funder, you can help us expand our small orchard into the largest certified organic olive orchard in Texas and possibly the United States! The US consumes more and more olive oil every year— in the 2012 market year, the US consumed 85,000,000 gallons of olive oil, and 98% of that was imported. Imported olive oils are often mislabeled and of poor quality—they claim to be extra virgin when they’re really not, they’ve been sitting on shelves for years and the nutrients have deteriorated, or they’re simply not pure olive oil (http://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2012-09-07/what-evoo-can-do-for-you/). Your contribution will help alleviate some of the imbalance between imported and domestic olive oil in the US, thus providing healthier and tastier olive oil to the population. You will also boost the economy of Texas and the US and make the Texas Hill Country Olive Company a valuable food contributor to the world. Be an environmental hero and help us plant more trees to reduce carbon dioxide in the air, and get discounts on delicious homegrown olive oil! Your health and taste buds will benefit greatly from consuming our pure award-winning extra virgin olive oil instead of imported store-bought olive oil, and at a discount too!
Other Ways You Can Help
Please spread the word about our campaign! Share our Indiegogo page, like us on Facebook and get your friends to like us too. Purchase our products and share them with your friends—they’ll love you for it and, as always, we love new fans. If you live in Texas, come visit our orchard and store to get a tour, eat some delicious food, and attend one of our cooking classes or events. You can also find us at farmers markets in the Austin, Houston, and Dallas areas. We always appreciate any support you can give toward reaching our funding goal. Please join us in building the next great olive orchard in Texas and the US. As always, use olive oil for healthy eating and to boost your long-term health.
-The Gambini and Mensik families