The Florida Olive Council, LAA is a not-for-profit entity - IRS 501(c)(3)
- organized under
the laws of the state of Florida (604.11 Fla. Stat.) and dedicated to
promoting research, cultivation and marketing of olive trees and olive
Supporters of the Florida Olive Council are dedicated to the highest
standards of environmental sustainability, academic integrity and business
ethics. Our vision is of an economically viable and sustainable olive industry
providing jobs for Floridians and healthful products for the world.
Donations: We welcome tax-deductible contributions to continue
For more information contact:
Michael O'Hara Garcia.
Florida Olive Research
The Council believes establishment of a successful Florida olive
industry will best be accomplished based on thorough and professional
scientific research. The goal is to identify and/or develop olive
varieties (cultivars) having market-viable taste and production
characteristics and optimal adaptation to Florida's environment.
The research design addresses all climates and soils within the State
with a view to optimizing cultivars and unique environmental
characteristics. In that regard, test plots are established at various
locations in north, central and south Florida. In addition, we gather
information on milling, marketing, storage and other activities attendant to
a successful olive industry and more jobs for Floridians.
are supported by industry, government, academia and the general public.
We will work with
all organizations to leverage strengths and ensure broad buy-in.
Timeline and Funding:
We anticipate Phase I of the project taking 5-7 years and costing approximately
Current Status: As of October 2014,
research sites are located at five (5) University of Florida Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences locations in Florida: IFAS Citra,
IFAS Gainesville (campus teaching orchard), IFAS Ocala, IFAS Live Oak and IFAS Jay. Several
private groves are also tracked. The Council has broken ground on the
Florida Olive Research Facility near La Crosse, FL (north of Gainesville).
The purpose of the facility is to provide a location to conduct research
with a view to developing olive cultivars best adapted to Florida climate
and soils. The facility will host a laboratory, greenhouses and field
trial areas. This year, we harvested our first crop of olives in Jackson
County and pressed Florida Olive Oil™ at Georgia Olive Farms (see
report at right).