Athena was awarded Athens in a contest with Poseidon, because she planted the first olive tree there.
We know two dear souls, living not far away; and every year about this time, they invite their friends and family to help in their olive harvest: One picks for a morning, breaks bread and then ambles home, knowing a little of the life of the campesino. The next day the olives are pressed into oil. It was a delight to spend the hours among the colors and scents of the trees.
There are olive trees in Greece they estimate to be more than 3000 years old.