First-ever 'Florida Olive Forum' comes to DeLand Saturday, Feb. 22

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As freezing weather and citrus greening cause citrus groves in West Volusia to shrink, another crop is moving to the forefront: olives. Experiments in growing the crop locally are proving fruitful.

For people interested in exploring the oily fruit’s possibilities, the first-ever “Florida Olive Forum” will offer information and advice 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center. The forum will take place in the auditorium at the Ag Center, which is next to the Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3100 E. New York Ave. in DeLand.

Dana Venrick, owner and president of Quality Green Specialists in DeLand, is a sponsor and organizer of the event. He and people he has advised are having success growing olive trees, he said.

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