The AGIA for the second year attended the Renaissance Herbs Chilli & Herbs festival held in the beautiful Yarra Valley at Wandin, Vic.
The AGIA continued its charter to educate the public and garlic growers on the different characteristics of the hundreds of cultivars of garlic growing in Australia. People were particularly interested in the display of seven different types of garlic provided by Penny Woodward. The most common statement for the weekend was "I had no idea there were so many types of garlic"
Go for gold with your garlic
Entries are open for the Australian grown Fresh Garlic (Allium Sativum) competition which is organised as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.
You can enter your garlic into competition classes for:
• Hardneck Garlic
• Softneck Garlic
• Organic Hardneck Garlic
With harvest in full swing in many states plans for festivals and launches are in being put in place all over Australia. If you are in Orange, NSW, or in the general environs then a visit to the Orange Garlic Harvest Festival is a must. It is on Sunday 7th of December from 10-5 at The Lakehouse, Lake Canobolas. AGIA member Libby Morgan from Morganics Farm says there will be garlic and garlic braids for sale, garlic inspired food, Canobolas-Smith wines, music and a garlic growing workshop. It was a fantastic event last year and likely to be even better this year. Booking for the workshop are through Libby at email@example.com but the workshops will be run by the very knowledgeable and experienced garlic grower Jocelyn Colleran (another AGIA member).
The 2014 seminar, held over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of August in Albury, NSW, was another important and interesting event with great speakers and lots of time to catch up with other garlic growers as well as others committed to the future of the garlic industry in Australia. Speakers included Professor Peter Howe from the University of Newcastle on Evidence in Humans for Cardiovascular and Metabolic health benefits of Functional Food (including garlic). Also Adam Sawell on Social Media and Garlic Marketing; Richard Bennett on Integrity in Food Safetly; Shane Fitzgerald on Relationships between Biological, Physical and Chemical properties of soils and how they affect productivity; and Penny Woodward, Trevor Gray and Letetia Ware on the Identification of Garlic Groups and Cultivars. (Most of these are now up in the Members Only section of the website which can be accessed once you log in). Click on read more for a picture gallery of some of the people and talks.
Our Seminar is less than a month away now (August 2nd and 3rd), so if you haven’t registered you need to do so soon. Interesting speakers and the chance to chat to other garlic growers make this a must for anyone interested in garlic. To register, go to the home page and click on the link.
Our 2014 Garlic Seminar is only possible because of the generous support of our sponsors. Our major sponsors this year are JJ Broch (who also sponsored us last year) and Organic Crop Protectants. To find out who they are and what they are offering read more
This free expo may be of interest to AGIA members. There is also a seminar on the two previous days but there is a cost for this. The following information is provided by the Victorian Farmers Federation.
Are you new to farming, considering buying a farm or looking to expand your knowledge? The VFF Small Farming Expo has all the answers, and it’s FREE!!
The expo will answer all the questions that you have about your desire to farm:
What to farm - talk to industry experts about the level of commitment required for different types of farming and the equipment you will need.
How to Farm it - meet and talk to experienced farmers who can answer your questions.
Where to farm it - hear from rural councils and real estate agents who can help you make a decision on a suitable location for your farm, and inform you about rates, schools, hospitals and community services available in their local area.
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Congratulations to everyone who entered the inaugural Fine Food Awards Fresh Garlic Competition. There were 31 entries in total and some really beautiful, high quality garlic. Many AGIA members were included amongst the prize winners. The winners are listed, if you click on Read more below, also a report of how the judging took place and what the judges were looking for. It was great that there were medal winning entries from 4 of the 6 garlic growing states. The photo at left shows the garlic lined up ready for judging at the Melbourne Showgrounds at Flemington.