Lone Star Olive Ranch emerged as a result of our efforts to diversify our miniature cattle operation. Our original intentions were to breed seed stock and sell the calves to families looking to add a miniature to their small farm or stock their freezers. Our dilemma arose when we started naming every calf. We decided our love of farming was in need of new direction and preferably something we could feel good about cultivating, but not name or watch adoringly from the front porch.
We started doing some research on crops without a face; namely, fruit and nut trees suitable for our region, climate, and soil. Olive trees kept coming back time and time again. In 2008 we planted 16 Arbequina olive trees in the front yard at the farm. As our research unfolded, we had many conversations with California experts as well as excited Texas olive producers. Investigations into the vital elements of establishing an olive orchard in Texas all came back with the same answer, “Yes, it can be done”. By 2009 it was apparent that select olive trees not only grow in Texas, but produce fruit consistently. Without further reservation we moved our 16 Arbequina olive trees from our 5-acre farm to our now 80+ acre ranch and planted the initial orchard of 2,016 trees in March of 2009. Thus the creation of Lone Star Olive Ranch.
Ready to start your orchard? For more information about starting your orchard, contact us today. We offer free preliminary consultation on varieties suitable for your region, climate and soil and are happy to discuss all aspects of olive orchard installation and orchard management practices.