Garlic benefits clear to grower
NORTH Burnett farmer Andrew Dent diversifies his production through cattle, sheep and garlic and views the benefits around garlic as an incentive for its production.
“Growing garlic isn’t that common in the area, I think mainly because it is citrus country and that’s how it has been for along time,” Mr Dent said.
“There aren’t a lot of people doping something different.
“I originally got into it because of the health benefits that come with garlic, it’s healthy for you so it’s good having instant access to it and I don’t mind the taste either.”
Mr Dent takes his garlic to the local markets for sale and said people were often surprised.
“I don’t think too many people are used to seeing locally produced garlic,” Mr Dent said.
“I started out with garlic first and we are coming into our sixth season now, I also have some cattle on the farm and we have just started with some sheep too.”
When Mr Dent started his garlic crop he had to overcome the standard issues before planting.
“The most common challenge at the start was weeds but once you have that under control it becomes about time,” Mr Dent said.
“Enough time to look after your crop properly.
“Garlic doesn’t like wet feet either but that’s OK, it’s dry enough here to warrant irrigation.”
Mr Dent manages to work between the cattle, sheep and garlic with little issue.
“It’s not too difficult, everything has its time and place so it comes down to what has priority at which time,” Mr Dent said.
Mr Dent grew up on a cattle farm and from that experience knew what would be required to run his own.
“For starters, it gave me good knowledge of basic stock health,” Mr Dent said.
“Which is a big thing to learn, very important to keep on top of that.
“I also wanted to find something to help supplement my production, so that I had something other than just cattle.”
Mr Dent also takes care of 30 head of cattle and 20 head of sheep to maintain.
Aussie Garlic is available at the Coalstoun Lakes Markets.
AUSSIE GARLIC: Andrew Dent is growing organic garlic on his Gayndah property.