May 022013

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this event yet. On next Friday, May 10th, the Georgia Olive Growers Association will be holding its 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference.

Here is the link for information and registration: GOGA 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference.

The meeting will be held in Lakeland, Georgia at the Threatte Center, which was the sight of the last several annual meetings. The information provided is always great and you meet some interesting people.

I hope to see you there.

May the sun shine through your branches.

May 232012

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.

May 172012

Are you ready? I know I am. After a month delay due to a cold snap and some defoliation in one of the olive groves at Georgia Olive Farms, the Georgia Olive Growers Association (GOGA) 2012 Spring Seminar is back on track.

This educational workshop will be held on May 22, 2012 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Lakeland, Georgia. The first part of the seminar will be at the  Threatte Civic Center. UC Davis olive guru, Paul Vossen, will be leading the educational portion of the seminar.

Before we all travel to the Georgia Olive Farms groves for the second part of the workshop and some hands-on training on how to grow and care for olive trees, some of the Georgia and possibly Florida growers will talk about their experiences. It will be a fascinating time.

If you plan on attending and haven’t registered yet, here is the link to the registration forms and agenda. Contact information, directions, and lots of other good stuff can be found at the link too. I hope to see you there.

May the sun shine through your branches.

Apr 072012

I want to pass on another great bit of information about an olive business event in Georgia that is happening THIS WEEK.

Members of the fledgling US east coast olive growing and olive oil producing industries have the chance to participate in a “business-changing” event with global implications. If you are already involved or even thinking about becoming involved in growing olives for olive oil production or are interested in just the olive oil production side of the business you must attend the presentation and discussion of the proposed federal olive oil marketing order.

This important presentation and discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the University of Georgia’s, National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Building, 2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793.

If you plan to attend, please contact  Beth Oleson, Executive Director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, by email at or by phone at (706) 845-9085.

There is supposed to be a Google Map to the location just beneath these words but I noticed that sometimes I need to refresh my webpage to see the map. In case the map doesn’t show up or refresh doesn’t work, I added a link to the map in the address just above.

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May the sun shine through your branches.

Apr 052012

Here is the information many of you are awaiting. Below is the entire notification I received from the Georgia Olive Growers Association about the rescheduled workshop and olive orchard tour.

“The Georgia Olive Growers Association (GOGA) has rescheduled the spring workshop and olive orchard tour for May 22nd due to cold weather setbacks in the orchard. The workshop will be held at the Threatte Civic Center in Lakeland, GA followed by olive orchard tours in the surrounding area. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., educational presentations will start at 9 a.m. and orchard tours will commence after lunch.

The focus of the workshop will answer questions many current and potential olive growers are asking, such as how to start an olive orchard, what are the pest pressures in the southeast, and will olives grow successfully in Georgia. Current Georgia olive producers will also share their experiences with establishing and maintaining their olive orchards.

A tour of olive orchards will follow the workshop and, weather permitting, fruit set will have just begun. This event is open to both members and non-members of the association.

GOGA Executive Director Beth Bland Oleson has high hopes for the one-day event. “This is an opportunity to not only cultivate more interest in the olive industry, but also to further educate growers on how to be more efficient and economical in their growing practices,” she said.

If you have any questions or would like more information about educational workshops, contact Beth Bland Oleson at 706-845-9085 or”

Now it’s time for Olive Crazy to head to her calendar and select the edit button. I hope to see you there.

May the sun shine through your branches.