The Georgia Olive Growers Association 2012 Spring Seminar was a rousing success. The educational workshop led by Paul Vossen, the Farm Advisor with the University of California at Davis, was excellent. Paul included in his lecture data specific to the southeastern United States. His research was both cautionary and promising.
My favorite part of Paul Vossen’s lecture was about pruning and harvesting. I must admit to a peculiar fascination with both of those topics – good stuff.
Attendance at the seminar increased by about 20% from last year. What I found interesting was that the type of attendees was very different. The crowd this year was mostly large growers and their teams. Interest was in growing not only super-high density olive trees, but other varieties as well. From a tasting perspective, that is good news. My fears of an Arbequina-only, east coast, olive oil industry are unfounded.
The photos below are of the tour of one of the olive groves owned by Georgia Olive Farms. I included, for Mr. Olive Crazy, a photo of two of the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft that were flying overhead. The aircraft were from Moody Air Force Base which is close to the groves. Even though I am not a military aircraft nut like Mr. Olive Crazy, I liked the old world/new world juxtaposition. I tried to get a photo of the A-10s and the trees together but I couldn’t get the planes to hold still long enough for me to get the shot.
May the sun shine through your branches.