They were made from the campus’ 2,000 olive trees. Dan Flynn heads the UC Davis Olive Center. He told KXJZ's Insight that those trees were creating a landscape nuisance…and that’s why they decided to make olive oil.
"Olives were dropping on the bike path on campus and students would slip and fall and some of them would sue the university so it was becoming a real cost problem for the campus and Sal Ginitto who managed the grounds had the inspiration to think that maybe we ought to harvest those olives and make olive oil."
Flynn says the campus’ olive trees yielded a bumper crop last fall. Those olives have been pressed and bottled in three blends: Wolfskill, The Silo and Gunrock.
They’ll be sold at the campus bookstore and online.