Eventually that situation will change when 6 acres of olive groves – two on campus and the rest in Winters – start producing in a few years.
The center will then be able to sell oil that is 100 percent from olives grown at UC Davis. The olive oil is processed off campus, Flynn said.
The school also contracts with an alum to produce a line of olive-oil body-care products, including lotion and lip balm.
Sales of UC Davis olive oil have grown 20 percent since 2005, and last year olive oil products brought in $127,766, Flynn said. The money is used to fund research and outreach activities at the campus Olive Center.
Olive-related sales “fund about 40 percent of our operations,” Flynn said.
In addition to olive oil, UC Davis produces its own brand of sun-dried tomatoes, which are grown at the university’s 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility three miles west of campus.
The dried tomato effort began three years ago, said Aubrey White, communications coordinator for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.Sales of UC Davis student farm's olive oil products have brought $127,766,