Olive Growers of Oregon
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 Photo by Jose Ortega, Oregon State University

Photo by Jose Ortega, Oregon State University

 
 

It all started when...

Olive Growers of Oregon (OGO) was formally established in 2016 to bring growers together, to share ideas about growing olives and producing extra virgin olive oil, to decide on priorities for future trials and research, to conduct outreach in order to help growers/producers develop contacts with buyers. OGO has received tax exempt status.

 

Yes, olives do grow in Oregon! Follow OGO on Instagram.

 
 

We were recently featured in KMUZ's Willamette Wake Up segment. Listen below!

 Olive Oil Photo Credit: Michelle Davis.  Background Photo Credit: Marni Redding

Olive Oil Photo Credit: Michelle Davis.

Background Photo Credit: Marni Redding

Members

While there are only a dozen of us and less than 100 producing acres, we feel that we are onto something big. Extra virgin olive oil is a healthful product for which there is very strong demand locally.

We are fortunate to count among our group the Durant family, who own the only state-of-the-art olive mill in the state.

Pay them a visit at: Red Ridge Farms

 

 

 

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Our Growers

All olive growers in Oregon are small family farms. The vast majority follow the entire cycle from the olive tree to the table: from the olives they grow to the bottle of extra virgin olive oil that they market directly to consumers. Very few other specialty crops offer this potential for a full value-added cycle.

 
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The Farms

Our growers produce olives in diverse areas and conditions, and use a variety of management practices. Common to all of our growers, however, is the challenge of cold winter temperatures and the need for research-based recommendations for olive varietal selection and for practices that will make growing olives in Oregon sustainably successful. 

 

Support

OGO's outreach has received support from a grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture under its Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

OGO thanks ODA and all of the stakeholders who wrote wonderful letters of support that made our grant application successful!

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 Harvest Dinner at OSU NWREC, Aurora, Oregon, Sept. 2017. OGO's Bogdan Caceu with Gov. Kate Brown. Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU.

Harvest Dinner at OSU NWREC, Aurora, Oregon, Sept. 2017. OGO's Bogdan Caceu with Gov. Kate Brown. Credit: Lynn Ketchum, OSU.

Recent Attention

Our outreach efforts have been noted in recent publications.
See below:

Capital Press
Western Innovator: Olives Take Root in Oregon

Polk County Itemizer-Observer
The Search for the Grail

Cultivating
Dallas Grower at Forefront of Oregon Olive Growth

Oregon Wine Press
Oregon's Growing Olives

 Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase, The Nines, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 2017. OGO's Bogdan Caceu with chef Sarah Minnick of Lovely's Fifty-Fifty. Credit: Victoria Binning, OSU.

Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase, The Nines, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 2017. OGO's Bogdan Caceu with chef Sarah Minnick of Lovely's Fifty-Fifty. Credit: Victoria Binning, OSU.

Stay In Touch

Feel free to contact us with any questions, and be sure to follow our Instagram for updates.

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