Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Apr 012011

Hey folks, we have olives being grown commercially below the gnat line in Georgia. For those of you that don’t know what that means, it’s south Georgia, where all the gnats live. A gnat is a little bug that loves to fly up noses and into mouths, and as every south Georgia and Florida kid knows they love scabby knees too.

Being a Georgia girl I am so excited to let all of you know about the Georgia Olive Growers Association Spring Seminar. I am definitely attending. Two California high-density olive orchard specialists will be the featured speakers. The seminar will be held on April 11th at the Lakeland Civic Center, 209 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland , Georgia. Here is the itinerary:


8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m. – Welcome and Recognition of Guests
9:30 a.m. – Update on Orchards, Kevin and Sam Shaw
10 a.m. – The Market for Domestic Olive Oil, Alan Greene
11 a.m. –  How Things Have Changed in Super High Density Cultural Practices and Where We are Headed, Adam Englehardt

Noon Lunch


1 p.m. – Field Visit to Shaw Orchards

Georgia’s olive industry is in the early stages, but it is moving right along. Georgia growers have focused on growing the high density (small) olive trees in the varieties Arbequina, Arbosana, and Koroneiki. There are several more varieties of the high density trees but the U.S. growers are waiting for them to be released from quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The seminar is free for members of the Georgia Olive Growers Association but I didn’t see on their brochure how much it would cost non-members. It should be a great learning experience. Here is the Association mailing address and email addresses of the members of the Board and they should be able to provide you with further information.

Georgia Olive Growers Association
172 West Dame Avenue
Homerville, Georgia

Dr. Mark Hanly – mhanly@sepamed.us
Jason Shaw – jason@georgiaolivefarms.com
Kevin Shaw – kevin@georgiaolivefarms.com
Sam Shaw – sam@georgiaolivefarms.com
Bob Krueger – bk28ga@cstel.net
Berrien Sutton – berrien@georgiaolivefarms.com

May the sun shine through your branches.


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