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Fruiting Olive Trees Needed

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 by in Blog in Pics, Community, Fruit Tree Care, Hunger Relief | 9 comments

Fruiting Olive Trees Needed

Now and again you meet someone who does not care for ice-cream: seldom the soul that has chocolate immunity. Rarer still are people who can resist the allure of fresh Olio Nuovo. Granted, olive oil is of no particular importance to Foodbank clientele, but the hope is, that this year we can create enough of the green nectar to boost fund-raising efforts. The East Bay has thousands of fruiting olive trees, most of which are left to drop on cars or feed squirrels. Italians would think this pazzo. That fruit will create great oil that Oilaholics everywhere will pay good money for. The olive gleaning season starts this November. If you would like your tree gleaned, contact us for details. The trade will probably be some oil for you and some for Urban Farmers to sell for the 2013 Holiday Season. If you yourself are an Oilaholic and are interesting in supporting fundraising efforts, later this year we will publish further details on how to indulge for a good cause.


  1. The smell of your olive oil at the Christmas party was wonderful. I love that fresh cut grass smell of Olio Nuovo. Thank you for organizing this.

  2. I have a manzanillo olive tree about 12 years old that has very small olives at the end of the year. We do not use them. Are they too small to help you out? Thanks. We have always donated extra fruit and veggies to our local food bank and have a section of yard for that purpose.

    • We would love to add you to our informal database of olive trees! I will email you separately to get a few more details. Thank you for contacting us.

  3. I have a very old olive tree that is massive in size. You are welcome to the fruit if it is usable. there is also another olive tree up the street from me. I would be willing to contact them about harvesting their fruit at the same time.

    • Hi Pat. Thanks for your post about harvesting the fruit of your olive tree. Could you please register your tree on our website using this link. We are hoping to visit some of the larger olive trees, like yours, in the early Fall to check out the potential crop for this year and will keep you posted on our progress organizing a harvest in November. Best regards.

  4. I have an olive tree in Alamo with lots of fruit this year. I am looking at options for using the olives.

    • Hi Debbie. Thanks for your inquiry. Last year we had a database of over 100 olive trees that we hoped to harvest and take part in a community milling at Olivina in Livermore. However, 2013 turned out to be a big disappointment for those of us hoping to glean our trees due to the olive fruit fly that widely affected both commercial and home orchards. In the Bay area olive trees were affected by the olive fruit fly from Richmond to Orinda and east to Danville and San Ramon. So far, this year looks to be good for fruit set. We are hoping to do another blog post shortly about harvesting olives and how to deal with the pesky fruit fly. If you would like to register your tree on our website we can keep you in the loop or send a separate email to me as I have some information I can share about the fruit fly.

      • Thanks for the information! It’s true! Our crop was affected last year but I didn’t know what it was..
        I would love to continue to hear more future blogs from you!
        Thank you!

        • I can forward some information to you if you’d like to email me independently so it doesn’t have to go through this blog. Contact me at this email: [email protected].
          Best regards, Jude.

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