In January 2018, The Land Trust acquired a 396-acre agricultural conservation easement on the historic Berkeley Olive Grove (Property) near Oroville, in Butte County. The Property encompasses approximately 325 acres of olive orchards that have been cultivated for over 100 years. Olive orchards (Mission variety) were first established on the Property circa 1913 by a group of UC Berkeley professors who were building on an olive industry that was already underway in the region. Current landowners primarily manage the Mission olives for the production of certified organic olive oils.
This is a privately owned Property located on the flanks of Table Mountain and has special zoning in Butte County General Plan to accommodate a variety of educational and agritourism uses on working farms. The conservation easement enables the Property to remain in productive agricultural use in perpetuity by preventing development or other uses that would impair its agricultural value.
Funding for the purchase of the conservation easement was provided by the California Department of Conservation and Strategic Growth Councils’ Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program*.
*This funding program is part of California Climate Investments, which uses proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.