Central Texas Olive Ranch is proud to produce and sell High Quality, Texas, Extra Virgin Olive Oil! The orchard was founded in 2009 when Josh Swafford and his grandfather, Curtis Mickan planted 23,000 olive trees on the Mickan family land. Since then, his grandfather has retired and Josh had the opportunity to buy the orchard and company, making him the sixth generation to farm on this land.
Josh loves the idea of continuing his grandfather’s legacy in hopes that it will continue on for future generations. He never imagined he would be in the “Olive Oil Business” and is so thankful that his grandfather decided that Texas needed some more olive trees!
Josh graduated from Texas A&M University majoring in Agricultural Development, with a minor in Agricultural Business. He is currently serving as an officer on the Board of Directors for The Texas Association of Olive Oil, is a Committee Member for the National Olive Oil Research Forum Strategic Planning Committee, and is also on The Board of Directors for The American Olive Oil Producers Association.
In addition to owning Central Texas Olive Ranch, Josh also provides olive orchard consulting, installations, and more, through a secondary company he developed, Heart of Texas Olive Orchards. He manages over 330,000 olive trees covering over 500 acres across the state of Texas.