09 Jun

Kalamata Queen reigns over olives

By Kyra Gottesman,

Jennifer Davis is The Kalamata Queen, her kingdom is a small orchard with the Sutter Buttes to the south, Lassen Peak to the north, the Thermalito Afterbay to the west and Oroville Dam to the east.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” asks Davis, surveying her silver-leafed olive trees and the magnificent 360-degree view. “I love my orchard.”

Davis moved to Oroville from Southern California with her three children — Timothy, Katie and Jessica — in the late 1990s. She married Joe Wendell Davis, who’d been in the tree moving business since 1964. Davis began working with her husband in his business, Pleasure Point Landscape, as office manager. By 1997, the main focus of the business was tree moving — primarily olive trees — and the couple created a Web site: www.olivetreemover.com.

“We offered olive trees for sale and relocation. People had orchards, mostly Mission and Manzinello varieties that they no longer wanted but didn’t want to destroy the trees so they’d call us to move them. Wineries bought them and so did people doing large landscape projects,” says Davis.

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