Sciabica & Sons
14 acres in Modesto, about 90 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Joseph ("Nick") Sciabica, sons Daniel and Nick, grandson Jonathan, and cousin Ryan Jones, along with 20 full-time employees; olive picking is contracted out.
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) since 1991. As of 2003, certification is provided by NutriClean.
The Sciabica Family (pronounced Sha-bee-ka) began pressing olive oil in California in 1936 using techniques that Nicola Sciabica learned in Sicily as a young man. As the oldest Californian olive oil company, the business has passed down four generations. The Sciabicas have been farming the same land since 1925.
The only pests the Sciabicas have to contend with are squirrels and rattlesnakes that they control with a 22-caliber rifle. Olives are naturally resistant to disease -- they mature at 100 years and can actively produce for over 2,000 years!
1/3 Briones Variant soil and 2/3 Amador soil is fertilized with feather meal.
Misters irrigate the trees with water from an onsite well.
Discing and mowing.