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Robert Mondavi Institue Sensory Building

Olive Growing for Oil March 15 and 16, 2019

What’s included

  • Two days of expert instruction
  • Morning pastries, lunch and beverages
  • Booklet with presentation slides in note-taking format


  • Industry: overview from an international and California perspective
  • Siting: soil evaluation, climate, water evaluation and climate-change
  • Varieties: selection, production and quality characteristics
  • Planting: site preparation, tree sources, tree sizes, production systems and planting methods
  • Irrigation: design, frequency and duration
  • Fertilization: soil and tissue testing, application methods, organic and conventional fertilizers
  • Pests, diseases and weeds: addressing through integrated pest management
  • Pruning: methods and goals for various planting systems
  • Harvest: manual and mechanical methods


Paul Vossen With over 30 years of experience in the field as a University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in Sonoma County, Paul Vossen offers practical advice to large commercial ventures and hobby farmers alike for clients around the world. His expertise is in fruit tree (cider apples, olives), berry, hop, and specialty vegetable culture as well as pest control, irrigation, olive oil processing, olive oil sensory evaluation and marketing of farm products. Paul is regular speaker at conferences around the world on these topics and an instructor in olive oil sensory evaluation. He was one of the founders of the Sebastopol Apple Promotion Committee (1982), Sonoma County Ag Marketing Program (1986), and the Caifornia Olive Oil Council in 1990.  He has developed statewide and international expertise in olive oil production, processing, and sensory evaluation, including management of the first olive oil taste panel in the USA to become recognized by the International Olive Oil Council in 2001. 


Leandro Ravetti graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in Argentina. He worked for the National Institute of Agricultural Technology in olive production research and advised many of the country’s largest olive developments from 1995 until he moved to Australia in 2001. Leandro has also studied and worked as an invited researcher at the Olive Growing Research Institute of Perugia, Italy and at different Governmental Olive Institutes in Andalusia, Spain where he completed a postgraduate degree on olive growing. In Australia, Leandro leads the Modern Olives technical team, which provides horticultural and olive specific technical advice to most of the largest olive groves and olive oil processing plants in the country. Leandro has also been involved as adviser, researcher and invited speaker in most other new olive industries such as New Zealand, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Chile and USA. Leandro has been Executive Director of Boundary Bend Limited, Australia’s leading fully integrated olive company since 2005. As part of his role with Boundary Bend, Leandro has overseen the production of multi award winning oils for the company’s flagship brand, Cobram Estate, including a large number of gold medals, best in class and best in show trophies in national and international competitions such as New York, Los Angeles, Olive Japan, Australian Olive Association, etc.



$549 (before February 20), $649 (after February 20)

Cancellations: 100% credit for future course if cancelled prior to February 20, 2019; 50% credit if cancelled prior to March 1, 2019; no credit after March 1, 2019.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE USA: Please enter CA in the State Field. 95616 in the Zip Code Field and 555-555-5555 in the Telephone Field. You can enter your state/province, country, postal code and phone number in the supplemental fields provided. Once you submit the registration information  you will be redirected to a secure credit card site where you will be able to enter your credit card information with the correct address.


Hallmark Inn at UC Davis

Address: 110 F Street, Davis, CA 95616

Tel: +1 530 753 3600

Bookling link: https://www.myhotelreservation.net/b/hasmfinn/HASMFINN/?i=WHPROMO5A&rac=*NP05$


Hyatt Place UC Davis

173 Old Davis Road Extension

Davis, California, USA, 95616

Tel: +1 530 756 9500

Room block: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-place-uc-davis/smfzu?corp_id=G-U269

Cut-off date: Feb 14, 2019




Robert Mondavi Institue Sensory Building