GEORGETOWN — Growing and milling olives for oil production is the focus of an orchard tour and educational program in Williamson County Aug. 29, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service officials.
The Texas Olive Field Day will begin at 9 a.m. with a tour of Central Texas Olive Ranch, 5251 Farm-to-Market Road 972, Granger. The olive farm is owned and operated by Joshua Swafford and his grandfather, Curtis Mickan.
Central Texas Olive Ranch currently grows more than 22,000 olive trees on 33 acres and has installed an olive oil mill, which will be on the tour for field day attendees.
At 10:30 a.m., the field day will shift to the AgriLife Extension Williamson County office at 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown. There AgriLife Extension specialists Monte Nesbitt of College Station, Jim Kamas of Fredericksburg and and Dr. Larry Stein of Uvalde will present information on site selection, freeze protection, weed control, cotton root rot management and current challenges with olive production in Texas.
The program is sponsored by the Texas Olive Oil Council. Lunch will be included with this program that requires a $25 per person registration fee.
Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 27 by calling AgriLife Extension agent Fred Hall in Williamson County at 512-943-3300 or online at http://williamson.agrilife.org/program-registration/. Checks should be made payable to “Williamson County Demo Fund.”