Chilli & Herbs Festival

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"

News Flash Entries for the Australian grown Fresh Garlic (Allium Sativum) competition have been extended until 5pm on Friday 23rd of January

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

Orange Garlic Festival

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 but the workshops will be run by the very knowledgeable and experienced garlic grower Jocelyn Colleran (another AGIA member).

Australian Garlic Season Launch South Melbourne Market Saturday 6 December, 9am-3pm

With the Australian garlic season about to take off, it’s timely to remind ourselves of the long road  the farmers have taken since the introduction of cheap, bleached, imported garlic in the mid 1990’s. 
The importation of this inferior garlic saw a massive decline in local production, evidenced by the Australian Garlic Industry Association membership dropping from 300 members, who were mainly growers, to just a handful. Many farmers moved out of garlic farming as they could not compete with the flood of cheap imports.

2014 Seminar in Albury

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.

AGIA seminar and sponsors, 2014

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

Victorian Farmers Federation Free Expo

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.

Continue reading for more.

AGIA seminar 2014

This years seminar will be held at the Thurgoona Country Club, Albury NSW on the 2nd and 3rd of August 2014.
Our sponsor is once again JJ Broch the Spanish manufacturer and global supplier of garlic cropping and processing machinary. JJ Broch equipment will be on static display both days.
Guest speakers
Professor Howe: Evidence in humans for cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits of garlic.
Adam Sawell: Social media and garlic marketing.
Richard Bennet: Integrity in food safety.
Penny Woodward, Letetia Ware and Trevor Gray: Identifying garlic cultivars
Ashley Martin: Determining microbiological activity of soils.
Will Gordon: HAL opportunites for funding partnerships.
Biodynamic soil agronomy and more.
On Saturday night the Thurgoona Country Club will provide a chef and BBQ to kick off the social evening. Please RSVP on the Registration Form
On Sunday 3rd of August the AGIA AGM will follow the last speaker.
For more information and the Registration Form, click on the link on the Home page of the website.

Medal Winners at the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Fine Food Awards

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.