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Meet California Ripe Olive Growers: The DeLeonardis Family

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Published on Jun 13, 2016

In 1922, Vito DeLeonardis and Natalie Jameson’s grandfather came to the United States from Italy to pursue his dream of farming. He started in the California Ripe Olive business grafting and budding trees in a nursery before purchasing his own land to grow and harvest olives in California’s Central Valley. Today, Vito and his brother-in-law Johnny manage the family olive nursery nestled in the fertile central valley alongside their many acres of olive groves.

The growing of olives continues to be a family affair with Grandma Mary not far from the everyday operations and Vito and Natalie’s children learning the unique and careful process of growing California Ripe Olives and appreciating the benefits of a family farming lifestyle.

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