The UC Davis Olive Center has established UC Davis as a world leader in research and education, pursuing a vision to “do for olives what UC Davis did for wine.”

The Center receives no public or university funding. The Center has supported itself through olive product sales, research grants, fee-based services, educational events and donations.


Your gift helps these areas at the Olive Center

Graduate student research fellowship
The Olive Center relies heavily on graduate students to conduct boundary-pushing research on olive production, processing or evaluation.  We carefully select graduates with high academic standing, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to pursuing innovation.  $25,000 would fund a half-time graduate student for one year, while $50,000 would fund a full-time graduate student for one year, with the required university fees included.

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Fellowship named for donor.
  • Special recognition in fellowship research, as well as on the UC Davis Olive Center website.
  • Private tour at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Wolfskill property for up to 20 people.
  • A selection of our campus-grown products.

Orchard sponsorship
The Olive Center planted the first UC Davis olive orchards in more than 40 years. We use the orchards for research and for production of UC Davis Olive Oil. A sponsorship of $10,000 will allow us to pay the costs of maintaining the orchard for one year.

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Special recognition of sponsor on signage at the orchard.
  • Private tour at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Wolfskill property for up to 20 people.
  • A selection of our campus-grown products.

The Center relies on financial support from those who embrace our innovative and cost-effective efforts for olive growing and processing.

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