BraidGarlic is a co-op dedicated to the development of garlic as a crop for the Southern Tablelands. The recent AGM was well attended. Interim directors David Dawes and
Cliff Burton were elected. New directors Wendy Hutton and Liz Peschler were elected.
The new board will build on the foundations that the previous boards established to develop the Co-op into a thriving business.
The board is looking at the communications systems of the Co-op, with a view to streamlining. The current impetus of the board is to establish marketing processes
and systems for collecting and processing garlic to fill orders. Of course, this includes getting the best price possible for members.
Liz Peschler sought members to enter the Garlic categories at the Braidwood Show and is investigating the co-op sponsoring some categories in future years.
New contracts are being sought, and some current contracts needed to have garlic sourced. This season it was pleasing that the Co-op Membership was able to satisfy a repeat customer at this stage of the season. If you have not already done so please contribute your active membership quota as soon as possible. We continue to sell Coop garlic at a Sydney farmers market and would like to maintain a stall deep into the year so we can build customer loyalty and interest.
The new planting season is almost upon us. Are we ready? Have we made all the decision necessary to have a successful year?
Members, have you made your commitment to the co-op by renewing membership and meeting the requirements of active membership? It is important that we support our Cooperative in these early stages, so that we can build a strong entity and achieve a high recognition of the BraidGarlic brand – together we can make a much bigger difference that any of us can do separately. BraidGarlic needs significant funds to build the infrastructure which will make all our lives easier: including storage facilities for garlic.
End of Season Review
After the season finishes is a good time to review what worked well and what problems were encountered. Write notes to yourself so that next season you can avoid the pitfalls and build on the successes.
Is there a way you can value add to your garlic? Next edition we will discuss value adding.
Community billboard: Quirky
In my research I have found some interesting thoughts on planting garlic like: Garlic grows under the ground so should be planted in the Full moon cycle: 21 – 28 March
If you soak your garlic in vodka you may eliminate mould and mildew. Soaking your garlic overnight in seaweed emulsion 24 hours prior to planting gives the cloves an energy boost to lay down strong roots and grow well. Can anyone verify these methods?
Does anyone have any other ‘special’ treatments for garlic? I like to use a lot of worm castings and worm juice for things that I grow.
AGIA – Australian Garlic Industry Association
Useful seminars and information for all garlic growers: http://www.garlicaustralia.asn.au
There are more than 450 varieties of garlic, it was used in Neolithic times, more than 7,000 years ago. Cultivation started more than 4,000 years ago. Garlic contains many trace minerals including: iron, magnesium, germanium, zinc and selenium. The psychological term for fear of garlic is allumphobia,
Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm, Braidwood, NSW - Advertising upcoming events
Wynlen House is sharing the secrets of their 12 year success as market gardeners and micro farmers. Learn from the people who know how to grow and how to teach. These on-farm and online workshops will help you become self sufficient or commercially viable growers in cool climate Australia.
How to Grow Organic Garlic : Developed for small & micro commercial enterprises (ONLINE WORKSHOP) is a facilitated, comprehensive, pragmatic online course for small & micro garlic growers. It tells you how to grow garlic in Australia's suitable climate areas. You start with the "garlic basics" so that you understand plant anatomy, growing needs and the varieties available. You then learn to systematically prepare to grow, plant, harvest and dry your crop regardless of whether you are growing a few hundred or a few thousand.
Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch, of Wynlen House, conveners of the Braidwood Garlic Growers Group - Landcare Champion of NSW 2017 in Innovation and Farm Management, and long term garlic growers since 2008, are your facilitators and will be online with you while you learn (along with other growers). They share their expertise and experience in garlic growing, so that you can start to grow successfully. Bronwyn has spent time as a “wwoofer" with Leticia Ware on her Tasmanian garlic farm. Letitia is the current president of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and pre-eminent garlic researcher and grower.
Short on-farm workshops
Bio intensive Polyculture: Sunday, April 14th in Braidwood.
Animal husbandry for small farm animals: Raising Table Poultry, pigs and small farm animals: Sunday May 19th in Braidwood.
Your Workshop Facilitators
Bronwyn Richards is a successful small commercial farmer & market gardener of 12 years experience. Bron's work is in regenerative horticulture with a focus on sustainability, soil health, water conservation and organic growing principles. Bronwyn also has a background in policy advocacy in NSW and has worked as an animal nurse. She has also worked with Local Land Services, NSW in the region to provide workshops on Raising Table Poultry. Helen Lynch, BA, DipEdStud, MEdAdmin, PostGDOEd, CertIVTAE, is an educator and online and face to face learning designer, having spent 15 years across the TAFE and University sectors designing educational experiences for adults. Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm was recently featured in ABC Organic Gardening magazine and is featured in a new book on sustainability and urban agriculture by Dr Alex Thornton, UNSW.
OPEN DAY: Set aside March 24th to visit the farm. The day included a “garden to plate” cafe and self guide tours by QR code.
For more information call 0248421127.