MCEVOY RANCH
GENERAL OLIVE TREE INFO

Farming Practices

Olive Tree FAQs

Our General Manager Samantha Dorsey has written extensively on various olive tree and orchard care and management topics. We hope you will find the answer to many of your questions on these pages. If you require further assistance, we offer consultations.

 
Websites

The UC Extension Office in Sonoma County has a wealth of information for olive growers, both commercial and residential. The Olives page on their website features articles about pest and disease management, harvest methods, oil yield and milling, as well as resources and classes for California olive oil producers and current issues for the industry.

 

The UC Davis Olive Center is another link between our university system's research and the California olive industry. Their website features reports and resources pertinent to California olive growers.

 

The Olive Oil Commission of California (OOCC) supports farmers by conducting research on sustainable crop growth, developing and enforcing purity and quality standards, verifying olive oil quality through mandatory sampling and third-party analysis, and promoting accurate labels for California olive oil to help lessen consumer confusion. It runs with general oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and is funded by the state’s olive oil farmers. To learn more about why we’re active members of this organization, click here.

 
Books

Pruning and Training Systems for Modern Olive Growing. This is the most comprehensive guide to pruning olive trees available, useful to professionals, beginners and everyone in between. It is a valuable resource for additional information about olive trees as related to pruning and training decisions.

 

The Olive Production Manual
This UC publication offers the best introduction to California olive cultivation. The compilation of essays ranges from olive tree physiology, nutrition, pruning, orchard preparation, and irrigation management, to harvesting your crop, trends in the industry, and processing olives for canning or oil.

 

The Organic Olive Production Manual
The perfect companion to the Olive Production Manual. This book is for growers interested in pursuing organic olive production. All of the recommendations for fertilization, pest, disease and weed management, land development, and processing fit within an organic scheme.

 
We are out of olive trees and the nursery is closed.

We continue to support the wonderful community of growers that we have built across the western US over the years by offering on and offsite consultations and Ranch workshops. We sincerely thank our valued customers and appreciate your support and shared love of olive trees. We hope to maintain our connection with you by continuing to mill your olives at the ranch.

  1. Olio Nuovo Olive Oil - Case (375mL)

    Olio Nuovo Olive Oil - Case (375mL)

    $313.20
    Steeped in the Italian tradition of creating a "New Oil," our 2018 bottling can be summed in one word - GREEN. Phenomenal notes of green olive, raw artichoke, freshly cut grass, and the herbaceous flavors of bitter greens and green tea. There's an ever so slight hint of cinnamon from the Leccino olive that enthralls us. Balanced with just a bit of bitterness so you know it is Olio Nuovo with a pungency in the throat that reminds you why old traditions are good to keep. learn more »
  2. Farmers Market Gift Set

    Farmer's Market

    $205.00
    This gift set has our McEvoy Ranch Market Tote bag with long handles to comfortably take you to your favorite farmers' market. Can be used for trips to the bookstore, yoga studio, or whatever you'd like! Of course, the extra bonus is our AbFab Certified Organic Extra Virgin Traditional Blend Olive Oil. We recommend you take that out of the bag and use it! learn more »
  3. Olive Orchard Gift Set

    Olive Orchard

    $78.00
    This gift set comes with a 375ml bottle of our Tradtional Blend Certified Organic Extra Virgin olive oil, a jar of Citrus Olives (100% slow-cured Sevillano olives with fresh lemons), plus a gorgeous olive wood serving dish made in France that has a spot for the pits. For extra delight, a matching olive pick is included. learn more »
  4. Citrus Orchard Gift Set

    Citrus Orchard

    $78.00
    This lemon-themed gift set includes a 375ml bottle of our Lemon Olive Oil (done in the traditional Agrumato method of simultaneously crushing olives with organic lemons), a jar of Lemon Marmalade, Citrus Olives for an easy appetizer, and a hand juicer crafted from olive wood for those moments when life gives you lemons...and you make lemonade. learn more »