This year’s seminar was held over 7 and 8 September in Orange NSW and was a very exciting and educational event.
This is our premier event where members and interested growers can meet to discuss topical issues impacting the Australian garlic industry, listen to a range of industry experts and visit a local garlic farm. All activities are designed to produce a long term knowledge bank for members while promoting networking and industry development. As with all seminars, there is as much to be gained from chatting over a cuppa or a meal with other garlic growers as there is from the presentations. We began with an informal gathering over dinner on Friday, 6th September.
"A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat"
If you want to find out a little more about the speakers and their topics and see some more pictures, then continue by clicking read more, to read the full transcripts of all the talks then log in as a member and go to the Members Only Section.
The photo at left shows our President Leon Trembath addressing the audience, while John Olliff our hard working Treasurer is off to one side.
Speakers and activities included:
Jose Alostal (see photo left) from JJ Broch (the seminar sponsors) talked about his company and their machinery. For the last 20 years they have specialised in garlic mechanisation. They have a complete range of solutions for growing and processing garlic with a presence in more than 35 countries. When talking about why we should grow garlic he said that there is an increasing demand for garlic from consumers, that the global use of garlic is increasing because it is so healthy, that most countries grow less then consumers demand and their is high profitability compared to other crops.
To see more including graphs, tables and pictures of the machinary go to the Members Only section.
Tony Napier from NSW DPI discussing current research on virus issues, bio-security, weeds and pests. In his talk on biosecurity Tony says, 'Plant biosecurity is all about protecting the economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with pests and diseases of plants. Due to Australia’s geographic isolation and historically strong focus on quarantine, we’re in the fortunate situation of being free of many significant pests that adversely affect agricultural production in other countries.'
To find out more about this and other topics Tony spoke about go to the Members Only section.
Michael, a representative from Australian Organic (they used to be the Biological Farmers Association) discussed trends in organic farming, marketing and soil fertility as well as member benefits including the Organic Market Report, access to organic farming advice, free advertising online and networking with others in the industry.
To see the rest of his presentation go to the Members Only section.
Penny Woodward (see photo left), Botanist/Author of Garlic & Friends as keynote speaker on history of garlic. Penny began her talk by saying, 'Since man (or more probably woman) heated the first stewpot, garlic has been adding zest to otherwise ordinary fare. I hope in this talk to give you an idea of the rich and aromatic history of garlic and to show you the important part this plant, that you all spend so much time with, played in the history of mankind. There are many, many fascinating facts, stories, myths and legends about garlic, but before I embark on those I want talk a little about the naming and origin of garlic.'
Gilles Bonin and Victoria Clutterbuck, photo above or left, are medium sized garlic growers with over 20 years growing and selling experience in Australia. For an edited version of their talk go the the Members Only section.
We also visited Libby and Ken Morgan's garlic farm, both to look at their great crop of garlic and talk about how they grow it, harvested and stored it, but also to see some of the machinery from JJ Broch. See the photos above or left.
The Wine Tasting and delicious afternoon tea in the late afternoon was at the property of a local wine grower Canobolas Smith just up the road from our farm visit.
The AGIA AGM was held late on Sunday morning. With the continued growth of the AGIA this year, the organisers were thrilled that over 60 members attended.