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Braidwood area garlic co-op an Australian first

by Georgina Byrnes

Australia’s first Garlic Growers Co-operative is set to take off in Braidwood.

Following on from a successful project funded by Landcare and led by Bronwyn Richards to develop early, mid and late season garlic crops in the Braidwood district, members of a Braidwood Garlic Growers Co-operative Working Group have decided to set up a co-operative to take regional garlic growing to the next level.

The aim of the Co-operative is to assist growers to expand their crops of late season garlic to meet market demand from April to November when Australia normally imports garlic from overseas. It will assist local growers to supply fresh, locally and ethically grown garlic to the Australian market, reducing the need for the importation of overseas garlic.

This will mean more chemical free garlic for consumers, and with the introduction of quality standards, garlic supplied under the BraidGarlic banner will be consistently high.

The group has received the green light from the Registrar of Co-operatives NSW to hold its formation meeting and all interested growers in the region are encouraged to come along on Sunday 29 October 2017 and join the Braidwood Garlic Growers Co-op Ltd.

Interested growers can request formation documents, membership application and meeting details for “Braidwood Garlic Growers Co-op Ltd”, by emailing georginabyrnes6@gmail.com


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