Our Story and Family
Three generations of our family live and work at Talinga and we all pitch in and love getting our hands dirty… the result – high quality oil, olives and gourmet produce that tastes exquisite.
Talinga Grove produces a range of real extra virgin olive oils from our family farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. A perfect Mediterranean climate combined with uniquely South Australian provenance help to create the finest olive oils and olives available.
The people behind Talinga Grove are all one big happy family! Sunday lunches find us all grubby and starving as we tuck into a wine and some bread, olives, cheese and dukkah to debrief the week past and plan the week ahead!
Emily Jenke – Mother of three delightful and spirited children, Emily has a Bachelor of Agricultural Business, plus 10 years in the Ag/Natural Resources Sector which she brings to the venture. Emily balances her role at TG with a thriving business called democracyCo. Emily and Paul live at the Grove-stead.
Paul Jenke – Grove Manager & general strong/tall man around the Grove! Paul has a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) and has worked in the cropping/fertiliser/seed industry for his successful career so far. Paul continues in his role with Gentech Seeds as the SA Area Manager. When he's home, he's found checking drippers, fixing machinery, lifting heavy stuff, and being a rock for Emily in the Grove-stead!
Christine Gilliver – "TG GiGi", mum of Emily, Dukkah Master & all-round Boss Lady! Christine has bucked the trend and undertaken a full time production role at TG, just when she should be doing the reverse! For the last 15 years, Christine has run SA's premier dryland Lavender Farm, Talinga Farm , selling dry, fresh and bulk lavender flowers. GiGi spends countless hours blending, roasting, grinding, mixing, packing, labelling, bottling...and we love her for it!
Bob Gilliver – Talinga's Brains Trust! Bob spends a fair bit of his time educating MBA students - all over the world, a role which he enjoys immensely! He transforms on the weekends into Bob the Olive Bloke, taking control over the production and packing of our Kalamata Olives – we think it takes him to a far off Italian village.... His stewardship of our team is a crucial part of how we work – he is the visionary who throws out the challenges to us all just when we think we're comfortable!
Fleur Gilliver - the youngest of the Gilliver clan, Fleur has pitches in while raising her own young family with her partner, Beau. She is also more than willing to spend a day working on the farm, and can often be found in the shed sorting and packaging our award winning olives or on the phone to customers.
Isabella, Hugo & Lily complete the picture, lighting up our lives and our work. The three Jenke kids have learnt the finer points of olive production and as teenagers are now really useful! If you come to the FarmStore, one of them will likely serve you. They keep us all busy, but they constantly remind us for who we are working so hard for!
Grove Dogs - Otto and Bacchus - these guys dont do much really - but they seem to always be close by!
(And one from the archives, when we were all a bit younger!)