Charta Olive Farms was developed to try and bring Olive ranching to South-Central Texas. We have recently constructed 21,000 sq. ft. of new greenhouse space for the expansion of our olive tree propagation facilities. We intend to produce some 150,000 propagated olive trees and bring them to market next year. Once our new facilities are online, the coming years should allow us to produce some 500,000 small “starter” trees for our area and for anyone who wants to begin raising olives.
Jeff Transeau, the principal investor and manager of Charta Olive Farms, is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and holds a degree in Biology. He has been involved in the business community for some 29 years and has run several successful companies. He founded Charta in 2000 to serve the needs of local, state and national business organizations. He has used that business experience and his passion for Olive Trees, and plants in general, to expand Charta into new areas. We are now offering additional services never before available in Texas. We have developed a plan to help new olive ranchers get started with our Olive Orchard Installation Services. We have purchased processing equipment and we are prepared for the conversion of South-Central Texas to an olive culture.
Unknown to most Texans, olive trees will thrive in our climate. We have just the right mix of cool winter days and hot summer sun. Although our humidity levels are higher, our general climate rivals that of the Central Valley of Calilfornia. Right now, Olives are being produced commercially in large quantities in several regions of Texas and have become enormously successful. We intend to spread that success into the South-Central Texas region and provide our customers with all the tools necessary for their success.
Many of our potential customers are cattlemen, and we intend to show that it is not only possible to raise cattle and olives together, but that doing so benefits both. Simultaneous double cropping has become the mainstay for successful agriculture. Finding two crops that can benefit from each other is difficult, but possible. We think we have found the solution: Olive Trees and Cattle.