News, stories & Events

April 18th, 2017

Photo Journal: Grown and Gathered from Mount Zero

Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered visited us at the farm for lunch and a bit of Glamping recently, see their photos from the weekend in the blog.

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April 13th, 2017

Mount Zero Hero - Tez Kemp | La Madre Bakery

Learn more about the man behind the REALLY GOOD hot cross buns from La Madre Bakery - Tez Kemp. A marketing man turned baker, Tez doesn't need any flashy marketing tricks as the product is so so good.

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April 11th, 2017

Photo Journal: Our Long Lunch at the Grove

Our Regional World's Longest Lunch as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival went off without a hitch. The Grampians produce and setting was enjoyed by a 100 hungry guests running along a long table in the grove.

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March 23rd, 2017

Mount Zero Heroes - Matt Stone and Jo Barrett | Oakridge

Our Mount Zero Heroes Co-Head Chefs of Oakridge Winery, Matt Stone and Jo Barrett share their inspiration, their recipes and the story of how they came together - in the kitchen and in life.

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March 23rd, 2017

Grampians Wild Lamb - Local Lamb for our Long Lunch

Our Regional World's Longest Lunch is just a week away and our focus has turned to some sourcing of core ingredients. One of our amazing local chefs, Jimmy Campbell headed out to Grampians Wild Lamb to select some of the best looking stock for our five course menu.

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March 21st, 2017

News from the Grove - The Fat of the Land

We’re now counting down to not only hosting one hundred lucky lunchers for the Melbourne Food & Wine Fest’s Longest Lunch, but also to the arrival of fourteen beautiful bell tents that will harbour our intrepid glamping folk. But the main thing we’re excited about is the reopening of our gorgeous Millstone Café, which for five weeks from the 1st of April..

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March 15th, 2017

Reopening of the Millstone Cafe at Mount Zero Grove

Looking for lunch in the Grampians? We are re-opening our famous cafe for 5 weeks to nourish tourists, travellers and locals alike.

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February 16th, 2017

News from the Grove - A local connection

The Mount Zero cafe will re-open in April and we are lucky enough to have gifted cook Lisa Herbert assisting. In this edition of 'news from the grove' Lisa offers tells us the story of her heritage, her hospitality ventures and her vision for the cafe in April.

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February 15th, 2017

Meet our Chefs - Regional Worlds Longest Lunch

Our very first World's Longest Lunch as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Mount Zero Olives Grove on Friday, March 31st. We've carefully selected some brilliant local chefs to cater for the event, find out a little more about them below.

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February 14th, 2017

Mount Zero Hero – Ashly Hicks | Garden State Hotel

This month we introduce you to Ashly Hicks, Head Chef Garden State Hotel, a grand new multi-level restaurant and bar located in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

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January 25th, 2017

We're all GO at the Grove

A Melbourne Food and Wine Festival long table lunch, Glamping accommodation at Mount Zero and the Millstone cafe will re-open!

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December 15th, 2016

News from the Grove - A Mount Zero tradition

We give thanks for another fantastic year. Could it be that the New Year’s tradition of eating lentils and pork, that we adopted from a past Italian WWOOFER’s (willing workers on organic farms) is responsible?

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December 13th, 2016

Mount Zero Hero - Nicky Riemer and Union Dining

Head Chef Nicky Riemer opened Union Dining with co-owner Adam Cash in 2011 and it has been hit ever since. Within the first year of opening they were listed in the The Age Good Food Guide and Nicky was nominated as Chef of the Year.

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November 22nd, 2016

Mount Zero - Biodynamic Farming Methods

In 1993 we founded Mount Zero Olives, taking over an abandoned olive grove which we slowly nursed back to good health using biodynamic farming principles. We live simply on the land, making the best use of our limited natural resources and ensuring that we are sustainable.

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November 20th, 2016

The Colour Green

Green is an exciting colour for us in the Wimmera. Following 2 years of browns with the drought there has been a return of green in the region.

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November 15th, 2016

Mount Zero Hero - EARL Canteen

Earl Canteen co-founder Jackie Middleton gives us some insights into the inspiration behind their very, very good sandwiches and what it takes to feed Melbourne's hungry workers.

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November 10th, 2016

5 Grain Salads For Summer Gatherings

Fresh, healthy and delicious salads just make so much sense in the Spring and Summer months. Here's 5 of our best.

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October 20th, 2016

News from the Grove - Reporting from the Australian Olive Association conference

Jane reports from the 2016 Australian Olive Association national conference, offering insights into the industries current practices and the research conducted in the field.

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October 6th, 2016

Mount Zero Hero - Michael James & Tivoli Road Bakery

Melbourne's kneaders don't come much more celebrated than Tivoli Rd Bakery's Michael James. We find out a little bit more about the man and the business behind the amazing bread.

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September 17th, 2016

News from the Grove - Springing to life

In this month's 'News from the Grove', Jane reports that the farm has received extreme rainfall and is flourishing due to this rare gift.

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September 13th, 2016

Hats Off! The Age Good Food Guide 2017

Congratulations to the talented and hardworking staff and chefs at the hatted restaurants in The Age Good Food Guide 2017 - many of whom are our wonderful customers!

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September 6th, 2016

Mount Zero Heroes - Tulip

Tulip's Head Chef provides three amazing recipes using the Mount Zero range.

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August 23rd, 2016

Mount Zero Heroes - Karen Chau

Creative and recipe developer, Karen Chau provides four delicious and nutritious recipes using our biodynamic soup mix

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August 11th, 2016

News from the Grove - Jane's Journey

Co-owner and Mount Zero founder Jane Seymour reflects on a life well lived as she celebrates a major milestone.

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August 8th, 2016

Our Olive Leaf Tea a state winner at delicious. Produce Awards

Our biodynamic olive leaf tea has taken out a 'state winner' gong at the 2016 delicious Produce Awards. Our version of an Australian green tea is grown on our farm in the Grampians.

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July 8th, 2016

News from the Grove - A Natural Solution

Jane talks about the first of five new natural skin care products to be launched by Mount Zero - Organic Hand Sanitiser

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June 28th, 2016

What makes olive oil 'Extra Virgin'?

Extra virgin, first pressed, cold pressed, light, virgin... buying olive oil can be a confusing task. We break down how to decipher the terminology and find the best quality olive oil.

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June 28th, 2016

Alla Wolf-Tasker's Marinated Olive Recipe

Alla Wolf-Tasker of the Lake House Daylesford has generously gifted us her favourite marinated olive recipe using our Australian Mixed Olives. Warm marinated olives, mmmmmm.

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June 2nd, 2016

Harvesting Nature’s Bounty – the Cycle Continues

Mount Zero co-owner and farmer Jane Seymour reports on the yield from this year's olive harvest for extra virgin olive oil production.

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May 24th, 2016

Why should I buy Australian olive oil?

When it comes to olive oil, Australian's are spoilt for choice. But do consumers really get what they pay for with imported oils?

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May 19th, 2016

Mount Zero Heroes - Porch and Parlour

Our Mount Zero Heroes can be found in every corner of Australia but this month they reside in one of it's prettiest. Follow the link for a feature and recipes from the oh-so-hip Porch and Parlour in Sydney's Bondi Beach

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May 5th, 2016

Prince Charles champions Biodynamic farming

Prince Charles champions the biodynamic farming approach in his opening speech at the Italian Biodynamic Association Conference.

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May 5th, 2016

Mt Zero Olive Leaf Tea continues a time honoured tradition

Jane provides a comprehensive background on the importance of green tea throughout history, its health benefits and how to brew the perfect cup of our olive leaf tea

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April 5th, 2016

News From the Grove (March) by Jane Seymour

Harvest on our Biodynamic olive grove has begun for the 2016 season. Jane Seymour (Mount Zero co-owner) reports from the farm on our 'enhanced organic' approach, the health of the harvest, the season that's been.

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March 24th, 2016

Mount Zero Olives now available through Qantas epiQure

Our Australian grown olives and extra virgin olive oil is now available through Qantas epiQure. Members can now purchase the best Australian gourmet foods through the epiQure loyalty program.

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March 17th, 2016

Our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival | 2016

Our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2016

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March 8th, 2016

Mount Zero Heroes - Masons of Bendigo

Masons of Bendigo feature as our March Mount Zero Heroes. The Age Good Food Guide 'chef hatted' restaurant is a major drawcard in Bendigo and their paddock to plate philosophy ties in nicely with us at Mount Zero Olives.

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February 25th, 2016

The importance of an indigenous relationship on our farm - by Jane Seymour

Gavin Reid is an Indigenous man from the Wiradjuri clan in Central West New South Wales.. He has been working with us on the MZ farm for the past 8 years.

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February 25th, 2016

French Style Green Lentil Changes

Extreme weather conditions in the Wimmera means our french style green lentils will no longer be certified Biodynamic, for now.....

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February 11th, 2016

Mount Zero Dryland Feast - Dine, Camp and Wander the Grove

The Dryland Feast is back as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival! And this year you can stay at the grove in a luxury Homecamp bell tent!

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February 4th, 2016

Mount Zero Heroes - The Independent

Our February Mount Zero Heroes are talented individuals behind The Independent. A produce focussed, regional, Argentinian influenced restaurant in Gembrook.

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February 4th, 2016

Straight to the Source - Grampians Graze

Join 'Straight to the Source' as they tour our very own backyard! Their 'Graze Grampians Tour' will visit the Mount Zero Grove, Pink Lake and our Wimmera Lentil growers.

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February 1st, 2016

News from the Grove - Our indigenous connection

Wonderful WWOOFers; Willing Workers On Organic Farms

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January 25th, 2016

Mount Zero Olives & The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

We are teaming up with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival again this year to dress and season some of their most exciting events.

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January 13th, 2016

International Year of Pulses

Delicious, healthy, easy to use - we are celebrating our chickpeas and lentils with the rest of the world in 2016!

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December 7th, 2015

Innocent Bystander - Mount Zero Heroes

Our December Mount Zero Hero Michael Smith, Head Chef of Innocent Bystander shares four recipes from the Healesville cellar door restaurant.

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December 7th, 2015

White Rabbit Hops into Geelong

White Rabbit Brewery have a new home, an impressive barrel hall in the Geelong Little Creatures Village to be exact. We cruised down the highway for the launch, had a couple of cold ones and chatted fermentation.

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November 5th, 2015

Transformer Fitzroy - Mount Zero Heroes

Our November 'Mount Zero Heroes' are the co-head chefs of Transformer Fitzroy, Luke Florence and Bryce Edwards. The pair will provide four vegetarian recipes, from the transformer menu , using our Australian Olive Oil, Olives, Pulses and Grains.

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October 26th, 2015

How To: Taste the Good Oil

Our 101 for tasting and noting the characteristics of olive oil. Learn to taste the fruit notes and identify the bitterness and pungency levels.

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October 5th, 2015

Our Very first 'Mount Zero Hero' - Cle-ann

Our October 'Mount Zero Hero' is Cle-ann Stampolidis, winner of our 2015 recipe competition and supremely talented cook and food stylist.

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September 24th, 2015

The Blending Lab - 2015 Harvest

?We're hitting the lab for a session of olive oil appreciation and celebrating the 2015 EVOO harvest.

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September 14th, 2015

Delicious Produce Awards 2015

Delicious? Yes! Winners? Not this year... Our Pink Lake Salt with Glenelg River Herbs came oh-so-close!

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August 19th, 2015

We have a winner!

Congratulations to....us! Our Lime Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil has won a gold medal at the 2015 Australian National Olive Oil Awards!

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July 8th, 2015

Mount Zero Recipe Competition

Win a full larder of Mt Zero pulses and grains by submitting your best Mt Zero recipe!

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April 2nd, 2015

Mount Zero’s Guide to Melbourne’s Best Hot Cross Buns

If you don’t like hot cross buns then this post isn’t for you, but seriously, who doesn’t like hot cross buns? How can you not love these warm, fluffy, fruity little packages of tradition that brings with them the impending promise of lots and lots of chocolate and Easter egg hunts?

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March 19th, 2015

Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Myth Busters!

Having been in the business as long as we have, you hear some pretty whacky stuff being bandied around about extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

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March 4th, 2015

Week 1 of MFWF 2015 - what's been happening..

All the happenings from week 1 of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

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February 11th, 2015

New Pink Lake Salts launching today!

New natural gourmet salt range launched. Includes gourmet herb salt, Gourmet chilli salt and kelp salt.

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February 12th, 2014

Grampians Bushfires

Our Biodynamic Olive Grove was very lucky to survive the recent Grampian Bushfires. Thanks to the emergency services for their hard work..

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April 9th, 2013

Karen Martini – Mount Zero Olives on Better Homes And Gardens

Karen Martini, a friend and loyal customer of Mount Zero’s, visited the farm along with the crew from Better Homes and Gardens during harvest.

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