Owner of Temecula Olive Oil Company
I grew up a “Navy Brat” moving around the country every couple of years, as far away from farming as possible. After attending college in San Diego, I ended up in the wine business for over 20 years. During that time I learned a bit about farming grapes and started a small winery. My wife and I became enamored with the culture and cultivation of olive trees and decided to dabble a bit. I became involved with the COOC Taste Panel and we started selling our first olive oil in the small winery tasting room. We have continued to grow from there.
About My Grove
We have several groves all over Southern California, but our home ranch is the OliveView Ranch in the bustling metropolis of Aguanga, California. We have planted over 30 different varieties of olives on this beautiful 26 acre former cattle ranch. We operate two unique mills there and we offer tours and educational opportunities for the public.
This session will discuss the love, value, and promotion of inland agriculture through nature tourism and your on-farm products, as well as go over the “culture” of agriculture, offering community-based leisure and learning activities that attract visitors and diversify your farm income.