Austin Founder Lions Club

Joshua Swafford - Central Texas Olive Ranch

  • 02 Aug 2012
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wells Fargo Bldg, 400 W 15th St, 3rd floor


  • There is no fee charged for a guest visiting for the first time. Please present yourself as a guest at the registration table and we will gladly introduce you to the club.
  • Guests are charged a lunch fee of $15 for each visit after their first visit.
Central Texas Olive Ranch    
Joshua Swafford    
introduction by Lion Jim Overton    


 Central Texas Olive Ranch is currently the second largest olive ranch in the State of Texas. Our 23,000-tree, high density orchard consists of 17,000 Arbequina, 4,500 Koroneiki and 1,500 Arbosana trees. That blend of varieties was carefully selected to provide the best combination of flavors for our extra virgin olive oil.

Speakers Bio: Joshua graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008. He earned a BS in Agricultural Leadership & Development and a minor in Agricultural Business. During his time at A&M he was employed by USDA and assisted in Forage Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding Research.
After graduation he took charge of orchard operations where he specialized in planning, land development, land preparation and supervision of labor crews planting the trees. Since that time Josh has provided consulting and advisory services for more that 240 acres and 115,000 trees in Central and South Texas.
He is also serving as the field researcher for Texas Tech University’s olive research funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Grant.
During the growing season, Josh travels among the participating groves in Central and South Texas to collect data that will help researchers determine the best tree varieties for various areas of Texas. This research has provided him invaluable knowledge in ageing inflorescence, flowers, and olive fruit.
He coordinates the data collection for more than 13 different varieties of olive trees in Central and South Texas, in addition to participating in yield research for more than 300 acres and 145,000 trees.


Featured Lunch Menu: Chicken fried chicken with cream gravy and grilled vegetables; mixed field green salad with assorted rolls and a featured daily dessert. Vegetarian meal or Grilled Chicken Caesar salad are available alternatives as well.

Please register by noon on Wednesday

We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.

Speak with either Bob Walcott
651 260 5205 Cell -
512 331 9294 Home
or Peter Berardino
512 695 2334 Cell -
512 288 3336 Home
to cancel a reservation
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