Quality Green location is located at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand 32720. Call 386-734-8000 for more information.
Could Olives be West Volusia’s Next Big Crop?
By Pat Andrews
Beacon Staff Writer
posted Oct 19, 2012 - 8:50:56am
Dana Venrick, retired Volusia County extension agent specializing in commercial horticulture, said he believes there is a future for olives in Volusia County and in most of Florida, though South Florida may not have enough “chill hours” that the fruit needs to mature.
Venrick consulted with Allen Green in Port Orange, planting 10 acres of olive trees at Green’s nursery. Those trees, planted about two-and-a-half years ago, are bearing olives, and a good crop is expected this fall, he said.
Venrick also runs the Quality Green Specialists retail nursery at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand, where he sells olive trees along with other plants and organic products.
“The trees do quite well here. We’ve had great results,” Venrick said.
The trees like hot summers and cool winters. Once established, they tolerate freezes down to 12 degrees.
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Olives in Florida is an idea whose time has come. Olive groves have been started in Port Orange, Pierson, Oak Hill, DeLeon Springs, Dade City, High Springs, Newberry, Alachua, Spring Hill, Hernando, and Lake Wales. Plans are under way for other groves in other areas of Florida as well. All are growing out strong and healthy. Some groves are already producing high quality olives.
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Pictured Above: Quality Green Garden Center & Nursery store, sign, and display for the December Holidays, including two lighted "Olive Christmas Trees". Photo taken December 9, 2013.
Pictured Above: Quality Green Specialists, Inc. Store, Sign, and Display on November 16, 2013. NOTE: The Nursery is located in back of the Garden Center. The display features a new tire display complementing the beautiful flowers and fruit trees.
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We are conveniently located in central Florida at 1639 North Spring Garden Avenue (S.R. 15A), DeLand, Florida 32720. In The Nursery behind the store we feature fruiting olive trees, citrus, peaches, apples, pears, persimmons, apples, avocadoes, grapes, pomegranates, container-grown vegetables, blueberries, and much more - over 50 varieties of fruiting plants altogether! Call our store at 386-734-8000 or Dana at 386-837-3878 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Allen at 386-747-0567 (email: email@example.com).
Above: Quality Green Nursery as seen near the entrance showing olive trees, a citrus tree, and a bed of sweet potatoes. Photo taken August 23, 2013.
Above: A view of the nursery entry area driving through the big rolling gate. Photo taken 9-26-13.
Above: Olive tree production area of The Nursery. Photo taken 8-23-13.
Pictured Above: Quality Green's June, 2013 Display seen from Spring Garden Avenue (State Road 15A), DeLand. FL 32720 - The Nursery is in back of the showroom & warehouse just off S.R. 15A. The Display features Citrus trees, Fruiting Arbequina Olive Trees, and Seminole Pumpkins (the original and super-hardy and super-delicious native Florida squash that goes through Florida's summers with no problems!)
Our latest testimonial received 8/18/13: "Dana! Over three yrs ago, when we were helping Pierson Farm Workers get their veggie gardens started, you told me about growing olives here in Ormond [Beach, Florida]. My three trees are FULL! Thank you" Lani Van Petten
We planted several Seminole Pumpkins (some of the same vines pictured in the June, 2013 photo above) along the fences and they are growing like crazy as pictured in the photo below with Associate Alex Andrews on August 10, 2013. This is three weeks after planting and two weeks after adding Micronized Azomite® (our amazing volcanic pumice mineralizer) to the vine on the right. Nothing, except the potting soil it was growing in was added to the vine on left. The almost immediate growing power of micronized Azomite® (the formulation in which it is ground to a fine powder) [and the growing power of granulated and slow release formulations] is amazing and we are demonstrating the power of volcanic pumice on Florida's poor, sandy, depleted soils every day. We have even taken volcanic minerals to a whole new level with our proprietary SUPER GREEN 3-0-5 Organic fertilizer. There is nothing else like it. We combine Azomite® with a perfect blend of numerous organic ingredients all in optimum amounts for most soils and most plant growing needs. For more information about SUPER GREEN 3-0-5 Fertilizer & Azomite®, follow the links on the left of the page.
As shown below, there is a already a big pumpkin on the vine. This is the power of Azomite® volcanic pumice (OMRI listed). Photo taken September 12, 2013.
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DeLand, FL 32720
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We are located in the beautiful "Tree City" of DeLand, Florida in the northwest part of the city.
From Interstate 4 heading east from Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford, Orange City/Deltona, take Exit 114/S.R. 472 and go west toward DeLand 3 miles, bear right on U.S. Hwys. 17-92 and go 2 miles, turn left on S.R. 15-A/Truck Bypass/Spring Garden Ave. and go 5 miles to 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand on the right (east side).
From Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach and Interstate 95, go west on Interstate 4, then exit on S.R. 44 toward DeLand to the west. Drive just past the beautiful and historic downtown and turn right or north on Spring Garden Ave. (Hwy. 15-A) and you will find us two miles on the right (east side) at 1639 North Spring Garden Avenue.
From Pierson and DeLeon Springs, take U.S. Hwy 17 south to DeLand, then bear right on Spring Garden Ave (S.R. 15-A). Go about 2 miles and we are on the left on the corner of Greens Dairy Road and Spring Garden Ave.
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Pictured Above: Olives on an Arbequina Olive tree planted in DeBary, Florida (just north of Orlando) by Dana Venrick in 2007. This is more proof that we can produce olives in Florida! It is loaded with clusters of olives now sizing up. The tree is about 18' tall! We sell olive trees of all sizes at Quality Green. Photo taken May 21, 2013.
Above: This is how the olives are sizing up on Independence Day, July 4, 2013!
Olive Harvest Time (above)! August 10, 2013. Associate Alex Andrews is picking olive fruit from our demonstration grove at Quality Green's Nursery at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave., Deland FL 32720. More proof with the right cultural practices and fertilizer program, we can produce olives in Florida. Alex is curing the olives in rock salt and we will have delicious, edible olives in about a week. Now we have two batches of fruit - 0ne from my tree at home in DeBary (south of DeLand) and one from the trees at The Nursery in DeLand. And there are plenty more on the other trees. These olive trees, and all of our other olive trees in the nursery, have been growing in Volusia County (just north of Orlando) for over a year and have had plenty of cold weather to set olives. The keys are the basic growing practices that we detail in Dana Venrick's DVD available for only $12.95. Call Dana for more information at 386-837-3878 or email him at email@example.com
September, 2013 Crape Myrtle, Hibiscus, and Fruit Tree Sale:
Featuring Fancy grafted Navel Oranges and over 25 varieties of Citrus trees now through September 30, 2013. Your choice of quality trees specially grown in 3 gallon pots for only $35.00. Make this the year you start growing your own citrus trees for the best fresh fruit or fresh-squeezed juice! With our high quality natural & organic fertilizers, and our "best in the industry" soil testing to help you choose the right fertilizers, you will be thrilled with the high quality and super delicious taste of your fruit. Select from over 25 Citrus varieties! And, yes, we guarantee you will be happy with our testing and products. Plus our large 15 gallon Crape Myrtles (five colors) and Hibiscus (red & orange) are on sale for a low, low price of $39.00, regularly priced at $55.00. Sale ends September 30, 2013. For more information click the "Now on Sale" tab on the left.
Above: Our innovative new greenhouse being completed on December 26, 2012. Construction is entirely of thick-wall 1.5" and 1.0 " PVC Schedule 40. Most of the structure is 1.5" with 1.0" being used for the top bows. The structure was completed in three days. The structure is strong but also light enough to be portable. Shown is co-owner Dana Venrick. Photo taken by Al Manassa.
Co-owner Allen Day is congratulating another happy customer during our Anniversary Sale, December, 2012. Now in 2013 we are celebrating our third successful year thanks to loyal customers and new customers who are thrilled with our natural, organic plant nutrition products, and our organically grown fruit trees, fruiting plants, vegetables, and ornamentals.
Our beautiful plants move fast.
Now available to celebrate our Anniversary - our biggest olive trees ever in 25 gallon containers. Co-owner and Founder Dana Venrick is displaying two 25 gallon Arbequina olive trees wrapped for shipment. Thank you for another successful year! Quality Green Specialists was founded in 2010.
Al Manassa is a strong guy, but I bet he can't lift both olive trees at once!
These beautiful 25 gallon & 15 gallon olives are now on display at The Nursery. What a great presentation one of these live trees would make! Photo taken 12-8-12.
ABOVE: Olives bear fruit in central Florida, north Florida & south Georgia! This 18' tall olive tree planted in DeBary, Florida (just north of Orlando) planted by Dana Venrick in 2007 is now loaded with clusters of Arbequina olives sizing up. Photo taken May 21, 2013.
Al M. of Sorrento, Florida wanted to give an olive tree as a present, so he changed this sight to a beautiful landscape......
The elegant olive tree has transformed this view into a beautiful captivating landscape. In fact, the olive tree looks like it belongs here along with the Pomegranate and Avocado. And looking closer.....
The striking beauty of this timeless Spanish Arbequina olive tree is complimented with landscape stones and its very own vegetable garden.
Tom Talmage did a fine job installing this beauty of an olive along with a special cool weather vegetable garden with broccoli, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce, Brussel sprouts, and Burpee's Sugar Daddy English Peas (the first stringless podded pea).
Display showing new home grown Quality Green vegetables. Pictured are Romaine lettuce, broccoli, collards, Bergundy bush beans, and loose-leaf lettuce. Photo taken December, 2012.
Our new vegetable section in The Nursery is now open. The vegetable nook features from front to back: Turnips, Bergundy bush beans, Swiss chard, yellow crook-neck squash, and tomatoes. Photo taken December 8, 2012.
You are cordially invited to come celebrate with us. You will love the Botanical Park feeling while strolling through "The Nursery" with dozens of varieties of fruit trees, fruiting plants, vegetables, flowers, and colored foliage. Access and parking from 1639 Spring Garden Avenue (S.R. 15-A) and 100' east on Green's Dairy Road is convenient to The Nursery and "The Store".
ABOVE: First commercial olive grove in Florida owned by Port Orange Mayor Allen Green, loaded with ripe, black Arbequina olives producing olives for oil, started with testing and consultations by Dana Venrick, President of Quality Green Specialists, Inc., 1639 N. Spring Garden Avenue, DeLand, Florida 32720. These trees were planted only 18 months prior to when this photo was taken in Sep, 2010! All olives are green before they turn black.
ABOVE: Arbequina olive trees on display streetside at Quality Green. We have over 500 potted olive trees for sale in The Nursery on location. We also have Arbosana and Koroneiki varieties of olives. Photo taken November 24, 2012.
ABOVE: Nursery display featuring Poinsettias, Peaches, Citrus, Arbequina Olives, and cool weather vegetables perfect for planting in December. Photo take December 1, 2012. We have the finest planting mix to start them off in the right way and Azomite® that imparts lots of cold hardiness with its bio-available Silion Dioxide, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and all those trace minerals (micronutrients) that impart complete nutrition and avoids "hidden hunger".
January is the time to fertilize in Florida as the roots begin to grow rapidly underground as the days increase in length starting about December 22nd. We have the perfect organic fertilizer to promote the health of the micro-organisms in the soil and optimum mineral levels for strong, cold-resistant plant growth. This year try our SUPER GREEN 3-0-5 Organic Fertilizer that actually is all nutrition as the eight beneficial micobes it contains convert the minerals to bio-available forms and release far more nutrition than the analysis indicates. Go green for the New Year. Save money and get far better results!
Above: Our Nursery: Quality Green Specialists, 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. (S.R. 15-A), DeLand, Florida 32720. Photo above of our 22 varieties of citrus taken on a foggy morning November 17, 2012. Now on display are fancy peach trees, Poinsettias, cool weather vegetables, citrus, and our speciality, olive trees for table, oil, and landscape.
Above: Our display in front of the store showing our Fancy Peach trees developed by the University of Florida for Florida's warm winters, red Poinsettias, broccoli, cool weather bergundy bush beans, and a 7 gallon Ambersweet citrus loaded with ripening fruit! Photo taken November 24, 2012.
Above: Our street-side display of some of our 22 varieties of fancy grafted citrus showing tops of our super-healthy Arbequina olive trees. Most citrus and olives are in the main nursery off-street behind the garden center. Photo taken November 24, 2012.
Avocadoes ready for Sale. One of over 25 varieties of fruit trees and fruiting plants in our nursery.
Above: Quality Green "Vision Room" showing ingredients that are blended to make our unique & unsurpassed "Green 'N Natural" products: (1) our Granular "Super Green 3-0-5 Rich Organic Based Fertilizer" (made with Potassium Magnesium Sulfate, Azomite® volcanic mineralizer, Granular Humic Acid, Seaweed, Kelp, Dried Blackstrap Molasses, Sulfur coated Urea, eight beneficial microorganisms, and more!) & (2) our "Vital-Green" 3 in 1 Organic liquid fertilizer (made with Fish Emulsion, Seaweed, High Fulvic Aid Humic Acid, and Blackstrap Molasses).
WHAT'S INSIDE (See photos below): Central Florida's unmatched display of liquid & dry natural
fertilizers & compost - QUALITY GREEN SPECIALISTS has liquid fertilizers in quarts, gallons, 2.5 gallons, 5 gallons, drums, and 275 gallon totes. Plus, we have a large warehouse full of Azomite® and other outstanding dry natural fertilizer products. AZOMITE® comes in three formulations: Granulated, Slow Release, and Micronized. This great natural volcanic mineralizer is packaged in 10 pound bags (Granulated only), 44 pound bags, Pallets of 50 bags, and one ton totes. Photo taken June 26, 2012. SCROLL ON DOWN FOR A VIEW OF OUR WAREHOUSE FULL OF AZOMITE. To learn more about Azomite go to: http://www.greencropnutrition.com/Azomite.html
"The mission of Quality Green Specialists, Inc. is to promote with honesty and integrity safe and effective green management practices, with the goal of achieving high quality and sustainable soil, water, turf, gardens, and crops that enhance economic and environmental conditions."
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The life work of Quality Green Specialists, Inc. is to provide information, testing, and products to homeowners, farmers, ranchers, golf course superintendents, sports field managers, and other decision makers with the goal of helping stop the wide-spread use of toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides which are being used in the increasingly unproductive attempt to grow quality crops and control diseases, insects, and other pests.
Quality Green's position is that natural and organic products and techniques work better in every way, including economically, and improve the health of the soil as well as the production of plants and livestock. We know that natural and organic inputs improve health and quality of life and that one day nature-based and organic management programs will be the new mainstream rather than "toxic rescue chemistry" that degrades soil and is not sustainable. Nature knows best. Soil should be improved with compost, natural fertilizers, rock minerals (We believe that Azomite® is the finest quality natural volcanic mineralizer.), and oher natural materials. Extensive unbiased research exists to support our observations and recommendations, and some of that research is sited on our web pages.
BELOW: OUR NURSERY has over 50 varieties of fruit trees and fruiting plants. Eat what you grow! Many make great landscape plants as well. How about an edible landscape like at the home of Dana Venrick, who has 17 varieties of edible plants in his landscape.
Below: Right now we have a great selection of olives as liners, one gallon, 3 gallon, 7 gallon, and 15 gallon sizes. One super large 25 gallon tree is available.
BELOW: OUR NEWLY EXPANDED NURSERY has over 50 varieties of fruit trees and fruiting plants.
BELOW: More fruit trees at Quality Green's Nursery at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand 32720. Notice the two large 15 gallon Arbequina olive trees (all the 15 gallon trees were full of olives last fall).
Below: Granulated Azomite® ready for sale in our new showroom, June 26, 2012.
Below: Showroom Display Shelf for our outstanding 3-6-9 Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer:
BELOW: Granulated Azomite® in the warehouse at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand 32720. We sell more Azomite® because our prices are so affordable. Based on extensive testing, we find that most soils are chronically low in available silicon (as silicon dioxide - sand particles are silicon oxide), a key ingredient in Azomite. The silicon in Azomite is readily absorbed by plants and is biologically active. We are working hard to help growers and home gardeners produce better, larger, and healthier plants, fruits, and vegetables. We do that every day with our comprehensive testing and effective, hard to find products such as Azomite. We have the gratitude and thanks of so many customers! Thank you from Quality Green - where growing healthy, productive plants is a pleasure!
To learn more about Azomite go to: http://www.greencropnutrition.com/Azomite.html
BELOW: Slow Release & Micronized Azomite® in the warehouse at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand 32720. To learn more about Azomite go to: http://www.greencropnutrition.com/Azomite.html
BELOW: Totes of Slow Release Azomite® in the warehouse. We have the formulations and packaging to fit your soil improvement needs!
Quality Green makes a unique, all natural, high quality, super growth promoting Premium-blend Compost (with all natural ingredients approved for organic use) and Premium Composted Potting Soil with Azomite®, humic acid, dolomite, and other fine natural/organic ingredients such as kelp blended right in. Our Premium-blend Compost is double composted with added all natural/organic ingredients for complete mineral availability. Our Premium Composted Potting Soil is unique with Azomite® blended right in along with organic fertilizers, humates, compost, and beneficial microbes. Not to mention our own proprietary SUPER GREEN 3-0-5 Organic based Fertilizer http://qualitygreenspecialists.com/index.php?p=1_29_Super-Green-3-0-5-Fertilizer blended with Azomite®; humates; kelp (seaweed); organic non-GMO fertilizer ingredients such as hydrolyzed feather meal, pasteurized poultry manure; bone meal; alfalfa meal; beneficial microbes; and other natural ingredients approved for organic use.
BELOW: Forty yards of our high quality, super growth promoting, all natural Premium Potting Soil/Planting Mix ready to load in bulk or in 32 quart bags. Our compost and potting soil will help you grow the best plants ever. Shown in Photo: Al Manassa.
BELOW: Independent Representative Richard Slaybaugh writing up a sale for another bag of Azomite® in Jacksonville, Florida.
BELOW: Allen Day, Quality Green Specialists, Inc. Vice President, proudly displaying cucumbers less than three weeks old grown in one of our demonstration raised beds with Quality Green Premium-Blend Compost. One cucumber is already ready for the salad! Photo taken October 4, 2010.
BELOW: Dana Venrick, President of QGS, Inc., explaining benefits of Azomite® volcanic mineralizer with bio-available Silicon as Silicon Dioxide to Titusville Garden Club, April 9, 2012.
BELOW: Dana Venrick, President of QGS, Inc., MC at the 6th Annual Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival, April 24, 2012. Dana was a founder of the first Florida Wildflower Festival held in DeLand in March of 2007. The Festival will be held on the 5th Saturday of March in 2014 in Downtown DeLand.
For more information and a wildflower video of Dana talking about the Black-eyed Susan wildflower (Rudbeckia) & the Festival go to:
Quality Green - your best place to shop for the finest Natural Products: We at Quality Green Specialists, Inc. meet your agricultural & horticultural needs with the highest standards of excellence. We provide information, testing, and products for agriculture & horticulture to reduce excessive use of toxic chemical fertilizers & pesticides used to unproductively grow crops & control diseases, insects, and other pests. We sell natural & organic products and recommend techniques that work better in every way, including lowering your costs. Soil should be improved with natural fertilizers, minerals, and other natural inputs, as testing indicates. That is why we sell Azomite® volcanic pumice - the finest quality natural mineralizer & our own unique fertilizer blends. Our products are unexcelled in promoting the health of the beneficial microbial life in the soil, a key reason our soil & plant quality programs work so well. A combination of our natural plant nutritional products even knocks out parasitic nematodes! Come see our new Showroom, Garden Center and The Fruit Tree Nursery at 1639 N. Spring Garden Ave. (S.R. 15-A) in beautiful DeLand, FL 32720. We are open Mon. through Sat. 9 am to 2 pm. Improve production. Make more money. Call Dana at 386-837-3878 or Allen at 386-747-0567. Call today.