McEvoy Ranch sits on 550 acres in the rolling hills west of Petaluma in Northern California. Once a dairy farm, it has now been reincarnated as an organic olive tree orchard. The ranch is also a country home for Nan McEvoy and a place where she can spend time with her grandchildren. In 1991, when Nan McEvoy decided to plant an olive orchard in the rolling hills of Petaluma, she started with only 3,000 young saplings imported from the Italian countryside. Through careful propagation and extensive plantings the orchards now span 80 acres and host over 18,000 olive trees.
Activities at this Site
Retail stores: Facilities on the ranch include their Frantoio (Italian olive oil mill) and retail store, both of which are open to the public during tour season. Head Gardener Margaret Koski-Kent has sculpted a large organic garden covering well over two acres, which supplies seasonal produce for ranch staff and for the McEvoy family as well as provides an array of botanicals which are used in their estate-produced items sold at the retail store at the ranch and at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace, as well as online.
Nursery: In addition to the trees planted in their orchards, McEvoy Ranch also has a wide selection of potted trees for sale to the public at their nursery on site. Although they primarily supply the varieties they use to make oil, they also have an extensive array of trees from other regions of Italy, Greece, Spain and France.
Hours Open: Check their website for tour schedule and special events at the ranch.
Seasons Open: Year round.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Parts of the ranch are accessible by wheelchair and the retail store at the ferry Plaza is wheelchair accessible.
Creating an organic olive ranch on the grounds of an old dairy has been nothing short of challenging. Through organic farming methods and meticulous attention to building up the soil’s organic matter levels, they have greatly improved not only the health of the soil for their olive orchards but also the overall fecundity of the 550 acre property.
Locally or Family Owned Business
Pet Friendly Notes
No pets please.
For More Information, Contact:
5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
707.778.2307 · toll-free 866.617.6779 · fax 707.778.0128