Gar­lic ben­e­fits clear to grower

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | RURAL -

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

AUSSIE GAR­LIC: An­drew Dent is grow­ing or­ganic gar­lic on his Gayn­dah prop­erty.

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