First planted in the late 1890s, there are now more than 200 olive trees throughout the University of Arizona campus, and a university group is looking to harvest them.

Angela Knerl, a graduate students at the UA's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, was one of the people who proposed the harvesting.

She and other UA students have now teamed up with the organization Linking Edible Arizona Forests, to work on the project.

They're currently looking forward to their first crop of the season. The olives will be taken to Queen Creek Olive Mill where they will be pressed into olive oil and returned back to the university.

"We hope to sell it on campus or put it in university food items," Knerl said. "It'll be very nice because now the food being produced on campus will be used on campus instead of going to waste."

Melanie Lenart, Ph.D., who is LEAF's coordinator, said the university had previously been spraying the trees to prevent them from bearing fruit in order to avoid the mess on campus.

Now, the UA has left the group about 50 trees for their picking.

"If we can serve as a pilot project, it'll be a good example for other campuses," Lenart said.

Knerl and Lenart are looking for around 40 volunteers for the upcoming harvest, which will take place November 11.

To learn more about the harvest or how to volunteer, visit the UA Campus Arboretum website.