Events at the UC Davis Olive Center

Active Events

Mobile Milling for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Workshop

This workshop is offered in collaboration with Olive Truck.

Saturday November 6, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Welcome to our first post-pandemic in person milling workshop! In this offering Master Miller Samir Bayraktar from Olive Truck, Mori-Tem Designer Gianluca Grandis, and UC Davis Olive Center Executive Director Javier Fernández Salvador and Research Director Dr. Selina Wang, will showcase this innovative milling system and other harvest considerations in a practical workshop held at the UC Davis Wolfskill Experimental Orchard in Winters, CA. Participants will learn how this innovative, on-site technique takes place at a farm location including all the logistics and considerations for the mobile milling process.

The topics in this class will include:

  • Mechanical harvest equipment for a medium density orchard
  • Harvest management and logistics for mobile milling
  • Fruit and oil quality considerations for harvesting time
  • Mill equipment and components
  • Mobile milling process and operations
  • Costs and quality considerations

Past Events

Orchard Management for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production (in Spanish - en Español).

The class is offered thanks to the collaboration and sponsorship of Showa Farm

September 18th, 9:00am - 2:00pm

This half-day class will be led by Javier Fernandez Salvador, the director of the UC Davis Olive Center. Javier served as an Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service where he led a multi-disciplinary team in olive production research.

This is the first class of two Spanish language offerings for 2021. The class is directed to Spanish speaking orchard managers and farm workers.

Topics Include:

  • Crop Botanical Traits and Physiology
  • Cultivars, production cycles and growing stages
  • Soil and site requirements
  • Plant density and production systems
  • Crop management during establishment
  • Mature tree management
  • Irrigation
  • Fertility and plant nutrition

Join our new executive director for a virtual olive oil tasting.

Aug 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Javier Fernandez-Salvador is the new executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. Previously an Assistant Professor at the agricultural extension service of Oregon State University, he has led the Olea project, a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to researching and determining the best practices for olive cultivation in Oregon.

Register now for a virtual ‘Sips and Bites’ event on August 25 to learn about his experience producing olives up north and other olive horticultural topics in an open discussion while enjoying our award winning oils.

We’ll be tasting a selection of UC Davis olive oils. Sales of these products are an integral component of the Olive Center's self-supporting efforts, to continue to provide olive research and education to students, industry deleted leaders and consumers. The center’s main goal is doing for olives what UC Davis has done for wine. The selection of oils will include:

  • Gunrock Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100 mL or 250 mL)
  • Wolfskill Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100 mL or 250 mL)

Oils can be purchased online at the UC Davis Bookstore or on campus and at the downtown UC Davis store location. Attendees are encouraged to purchase oils at their earliest convenience due to limited stock. Sign up soon for this upcoming event and get your oils while supplies last!

Free webinar on modern acreage for table olives

June 23, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Compared to traditional production, modern table olive acreage features:

  • higher-density planting of ~200 - 250 trees/acre (compared to less than 100 trees/acre)
  • yields up to 6+ tons/acre (compared to 10-year industry average of 3.25 tons/acre)
  • mechanical harvesting (compared to hand labor, which is more costly and not always available)

The webinar will feature Dan Flynn, founding director of the UC Davis Olive Center, who will summarize key elements of siting, establishing, maintaining and harvesting modern acreage. He will be joined by Dennis Burreson, an olive grower and vice-president of field operations and industry affairs for the Musco Family Olive Company. Dennis will discuss his experience in modern table olive acreage for the past 12 years

The webinar is sponsored by the Musco Family Olive Company. Information provided by the UC Davis Olive Center will be from University of California sources. The UC Davis Olive Center is not affiliated with the Musco Family Olive Company’s Million-Tree initiative.