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Nov 12, 2013
We use our orchards for research and for our campus-grown olive oil. We harvest in November, first with a prune shaker and then by hand-picking with the help of volunteers. If you wish to participate in the next harvest, please email Shirley Li at: spsli@ucdavis.edu.

Hutchison. Planted beginning in 2008 at 10 feet x 20 feet (3.3 meters x 6.7 meters).  Trees were donated by McEvoy Ranch and the Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery. Varieties: Aglandau, Arbequina, Ascolano, Bouteillon, Carolea, Casaliva, Cayon, Coratina, Frantoio, Itrana, Kalamon, Leccino, Lucca, Maurino, Moraiolo, Noccelara del Belice, Noccelara Etnea, Pendolino, Perenzana, Picholine, Picual and Taggiasca.


Wolfskill. Planted in 2012 at the historic Wolfskill Experimental Orchard, near Mission olive trees planted in 1861. The trees include a mixture of oil, table and dual varieties, planted at 12 feet x 17 feet (3.6 meters x 5.2 meters). Varieties: Arbequina, Empeltre, Kalamon, Manzanillo, Mission, Ouslati, Picual, Sevillano and Taggiasca.



Rootstock. The Rootstock orchard was planted in 2014 for a project funded by the California Olive Committee to research the viability of dwarf rootstocks for Manzanillo table olive production. The research is overseen by Dr. John Preece, head of the USDA Germplasm Repository.

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