Building a Sustainable Olive Industry for Florida


Mission Statement:

The Florida Olive Council, LAA is a not-for-profit entity 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 products. 

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.

Florida Olive Research Project

Vision:  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.

Design:  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.

Teamwork:  We 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 $2.25 million.

Current Status:  As of May 2013, four (4) test plots (3 public 1 private) have been established in northern Florida.  Three (3) new sites have been identified in central Florida and one (1) site is under consideration for southern Florida.  The Council is actively seeking private growers interested in becoming research partners.

Next Steps:  Additional research site selection.

For more information Contact:  Michael O'Hara Garcia


    4 yr. old Arbequina Gainesville, FL                             1 Yr. old  Arbequina Gainesville, FL                    

What's  New

Olive Council Spring 2013 Report (patience, takes minute to download)

bulletA visit to Hacienda Guzman, Seville, Spain - home of 140 olive varieties
bulletShaw Brothers Harvest First Oil In GA
bulletPhoto Gallery - Olive trees and people
bullet New USDA Standards for Olive Oil
bullet "Extra Virginity", a new book/expose on the olive oil business
bullet "Slippery Business," a 2007 New Yorker magazine article on olive oil business


bullet USDA Soil Survey site - Quickly determine your soil type
bullet University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - Local Resources
bulletOlive Branch Tree Farm - Florida Olive Nursery
bulletGreen Crop Nutrition
bulletFlorida Olive Systems - High Density Olive Grove Design and Production
bulletFlorida Olive Farms - High Density Grove near Live Oak, FL
bulletGreen Gate Olive Grove - Oldest Florida Grove in Operation

 Copyright 2013 Florida Olive Council, LAA.
Contact Michael O'Hara Garcia, President
Last updated: 06/16/13.