Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Group has sponsored the Braidwood Garlic Growers Group in a project funded by the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant Program.
An important update is that Braidwood Landmark is now stocking soil moisture probes which are being made available at cost price to project participants. Please go along and pick yours up. Each participant also gets a $50 discount off the purchase price of $79, which is part of the soil testing activity. See the recording requirements below.
Here are some project resources:
- Excel spreadsheets for recording planting and other project records. The simple version is at this link, and a more complex approach, which also allows you to calculate costs and income is here (only if you are confident using Excel).
- Project Workbook: project details and how to be involved.
- Presentation delivered at the Workshop on 20 Feb 2015.
- One-page sign-on sheet.
Here are some other important links:
- Australian Garlic Industry Association: The industry association for growing garlic.
- If moving equipment between sites, please see the AGIA publication on biosecurity, linked here.
- Australian Garlic web page: Information on garlic varieties.
Braidwood is the potential garlic capital of Australia. The soils, seasons and water availability all lend themselves to excellent cold climate annual crops. We also have a highly altered natural environment from intensive farming and mining through the 1800s and early 1900s. Most of the agricultural land is used for broad acre grazing, with relatively low value-per-hectare produce. This project will demonstrate the potential for garlic to enhance economic resilience, agricultural profitability and sustainability around Braidwood. It will establish field trials of different varieties and growing regimes, generate knowledge about disease-free seed sources, balance profitability with the protection of natural heritage, and communicate results effectively. It will also involve biodiversity plantings and management of ecosystem values alongside garlic crops.
Here is a link to a project outline.
The project is being organised by:
- Bronwyn Richards – Project Leader
- Rebecca Klomp – Project Coordinator – email firstname.lastname@example.org, 48422594
- Colin McLean – Authorised Person
- The USLC committee are on the financial decision making committee.