Meet California Ripe Olive Growers: The Aguiar and Silveira Family
When Jeff Aguiar’s grandfather immigrated to the United States from Portugal, he took a chance on 10 acres of olives. With hard work and dedication, his family has now been growing California Ripe Olives for nearly 100 years.
Drive a short distance from Jeff’s family farm to Clovis, California and you’ll find another stunning olive orchard belonging to his cousin, Mike Silveira. Mike was just 10 years old when his family decided to pursue growing California Ripe Olives. His first job on the farm was picking olives, and it didn’t take long for him to realize how many it would take to fill one box!
Today, Mike and his wife Susan take pride in their agricultural lifestyle, putting a lot of love into their farm, and getting delicious California Ripe Olives out of it!
WPT University Place: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Eric Cline, Professor of Classics and Anthropology at George Washington University, discusses the factors that caused the Bronze Age to come to an end. Cline focuses on events of 1177 BC including earthquakes, drought, famine and rebellions and discusses their similarity to events occurring today. Explore the full archive of WPT's University Place lectures online at