Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Olive Grove



The JFRC olive grove has been an honored part of our Via Massimi campus for decades. For much of that time, the grove remained untouched. This remained true until Spring 2013 when a coalition of staff members and the facilities team successfully organized a full olive cultivation.

Students spent a few days searching every branch of every tree to determine that they were strong and healthy. Our trees passed inspection, and the coalition was able to organize an olive pressing with a local oil press for distribution to the JFRC community.

This process was the JFRC’s most successful sustainable program since the inauguration of the JFRC community garden in the Spring of 2012.  

The JFRC continues to work with outside service providers to ensure that our trees are pruned and ready for the upcoming harvests.