La Creole Orchards

La Creole Orchards uses state-of-the-art water efficiency system for summer irrigation and actively supports research at Oregon State University to identify cold-hardy olive varieties for this region.

Crops

Olives for oil and truffles

Farmers Markets/Retailers

Not in full-scale production but taking product to chefs and farmer markets around the state.

Location

Dallas, Oregon

Established in

2011

Owned by

Bogdan Caceu

 La Creole Orchard sits near the foothills of the Coast Range in Dallas, Oregon.

La Creole Orchard sits near the foothills of the Coast Range in Dallas, Oregon.

What kind of bees live here?

The La Creole Orchards is home to a lot of bumble bees, leaf cutter bees, and mason bees. Nearly half of the 45 acre property is kept uncultivated–intentionally–with a variety of insectary planting throughout. These practices coupled with the undisturbed soil of the orchard makes this farm an ideal nesting site for ground nesting bees like early spring mining bees and sweat bees.

 Bee Expert Sarah Kincaid and Bogdan Cacau look at the bee species on the farm that were trapped in the summer of 2017.

Bee Expert Sarah Kincaid and Bogdan Cacau look at the bee species on the farm that were trapped in the summer of 2017.

What are they doing for bees?

The property has large portions that are kept uncultivated. By doing this, the orchard can maintain crop as well as promote biodiversity for important species such as pollinators.

 Well-spaced olive plants and untidy margins provide ample forage and nesting habitat.

Well-spaced olive plants and untidy margins provide ample forage and nesting habitat.

meet the farmer

Owner of this young 10 acre olive orchard, Bogdan Caceu is passionate about his trade and his desire to create a commercially viable olive oil Industry in the Pacific Northwest.

 Owner Bogdan Caceu with recently planted olive plant.

Owner Bogdan Caceu with recently planted olive plant.