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U of A students to harvest olive trees on campus

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Students inspecting olives on campus trees (Source: U of A) Students inspecting olives on campus trees (Source: U of A)
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U of A students will soon be picking the olive trees on campus, to make olive oil.   It is all part of a campus sustainability project. 

The olive trees on the campus can make a mess, but thanks to a grant from the U of A Green Fund, students hope to harvest the olives and make them into olive oil. 

The project manager tells Tucson News Now that there are more than 200 olive trees on campus, but students will harvest from only 50 of them.

Harvesting will be a total team effort to make this U of A olive oil project happen.  Facilities management has agreed to not spray these specific trees to make sure the olives are safe to eat.  Once the students collect the olives, they will be sent to an olive oil making company in Queen Creek.  What happens from there is still in the works – but there are talks of bottling the olive oil and selling it at the U of A Bookstore or giving it to dining services.

Harvest organizers are still looking for student volunteers to help, those interested should email Angela Knerl at aknerl@email.arizona.edu

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