Located in the middle of the Jordanian desert, about 2 hours outside Amman, sits 155,000 olive trees. Ziad Bilbeisi, former architect and founder of Al Maida owns these groves and works together with his four children to produce an internationally respected, award winning extra virgin olive oil. We talk with his daughter, Amelia Bilbeisi about how it all started, changing perspectives of olive oil producing in the Middle East, quality control, protecting the environment and future plans.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya knew that Palestine was her symbolic homeland. Always curious about her identity and connecting with her roots, she was eager to strengthen her ties to the Levant and traveled the region, desperate to learn more. It wasn’t until her first trip to Palestine that she became spiritually and emotionally connected.
She studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She then moved to the UAE, supporting numerous NGOs related to children’s welfare in the region. When she had her own family, she created the My Olive Roots platform in the hopes that her children and the Arabs diaspora would have a place to connect, learn and preserve their roots. Tanya enjoys discovering humanist stories and exploring the connection of food and art with culture.