College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences


Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Science




Robert Flores


For ten years the Ryan Family has been growing seven acres of Merlot grapes on their property in the Napa Valley. One block of grapes is located on the side of a dam of a small pond in the middle of the property. This block of grapes contains many diseased plants with low crop yields. The Ryan Family decided they wanted to remove the grapes and plant olive trees at this location. The family wants a variety of olives that produce high quality olive oil. Although the project is straight forward, one of the issues with the established location of the olive trees is that the ground has a steep, uneven slope so a retaining wall will need to be built and soil will need to be added to modify the angle of the slope. This project will research and develop a pilot olive orchard for the Ryan Family.

Available for download on Friday, June 12, 2020