One of the unique and most popular aspects of the Koonya Garlic Festival is its 'expert talks' and the 2017 festival has coordinated another sensational line up of food, gardening and garlic experts!
This is your chance to listen to, meet and to ask questions of the experts and to brush up on your garlic (and general) growing knowledge.
2017 Speakers Australia's leading garlic expert, Penny Woodward, Dark MOFO Food Curator & Member of Slow Food Hobart, Jo Cook, ABC TV Gardening Programme's Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart, Garlic Grower & leading Soil Specialist, Letetia Ware.
Penny Woodward Talk: Garlic for Gardeners: How to grow, harvest, cure and store Penny Woodward is arguably Australia's leading garlic expert having written Australia's only book about Australian Garlic called 'Garlic: 'An organic guide to knowing, growing and using garlic'. Penny is also on the board of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and is being flown in from Victoria especially to give a talk at the festival. Penny has a degree in Botany and Zoology. She has published 7 books and countless articles especially for Organic Gardener Magazine. She has photographed about every interesting garden and plant within sight and fielded many curly questions on the 3CR Radio Garden panel and is a self confessed garlic addict! www.pennywoodward.com.au www.australiangarlic.net.au
Jo Cook & Tamas Oszvold Talk: Garlic - 'The New Hero of the School Garden Originally from Sydney Jo is now embraced as a local after more than twenty years on the ‘apple isle’ where she has garnered an exciting range of food and drink experiences, including delightfully founding the C & C Cupcake Factory with Michelle Crawford.. Jo has also worked variously as a chef (she was an apprentice at Megan Broadfield-Brown’s Ravesi’s in Bondi Beach), a food tour guide, food safety coordinator, food writer and consultant and a restaurant reviewer for Qantas Spirit of Australia’s inflight magazine. She has also owned and managed a restaurant and nightclub and is a passionate long time member of ‘Slow Food Hobart’. All this before becoming (arguably) Tasmania’s most celebrated food curator whilst working for MONA (Mofo and Dark Mofo festivals). Jo’s curatorial experience now extends beyond Dark MOFO’s Winter Feast, having recently curated the food and drink for the successful new ‘Unconformity Festival’ held this year in Queenstown on Tasmania’s West Coast. Through Slow Food Hobart, Jo has run cooking demonstrations for teachers where she likes to inspire them with fermenting classes, cooking in wood fired ovens and showing how to value add scapes (the long neck from the garlic). Jo along with Tamas Ozvold and Rueben Parker-Greer from the ‘24 Carrot Garden program’ will be sharing their wisdom in what promises to be a fascinating talk..
Letetia Ware Talk: 'Garlic in the kitchen' - the amazing diversity of garlic variety flavours & culinary performance Letetia is an organic farmer and has extensive knowlwedge and experience in microbial , biological and mineral based systems, microbial amendments, soil fertility, foliar feeding and plant protection. She is also a multi award-winning garlic producer herself! Letetia runs her own farm and is the Managing Director of Aylana Pty Ltd, a company with a focus on living systems, producing microbial and biological products, consultative services and educational workshops for biological, biodynamic and organic farmers and gardeners. She believes in a systematic approach to healthy soils, plants and produce and works with clients to either deliver a specific solution or jointly develop an inegrated farm management approach and plan. Letetia will be having a stall at the festival selling her award winning garlic seed varieties. www.tasmaniangourmetgarlic.com.au
Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart Talk: Soil Health - Garlic and its relatives Cute as buttons & back by popular demand TV gardening gurus Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart bring with them a powerhouse of gardening and growing knowlege (well beyond Garlic) and the festival is delighted to have them giving a joint presentation again this year. Tino Carnevale Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino's lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family's small vineyard and olive grove. He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. He is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme, teaching students at Moonah Primary School. Tino is a patron of the Tasmania Weed Society, an organisation that raises awareness of environmental weeds and their impact and he is active in community programmes and events and gives regular talks to the local gardening groups. Tina has written numerous articles and blogs including the Gardneing Drum and other publications. Tino has been a presenter for ABC TV's Gardening Australia for some time and has also made numerous other TV guest appearances and countless radio programme contributions.
Angus Stewart Angust has been a presenter for ABC TV's Gardening Australia programme for eight years, previously Angus was a gardeneing presenter for Channel 7's Sydney Weekend Programme and was a regular gardening presenter on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel and BNB's Today Extra Programme. He has also made guest appearances on various other TV programmes including Channel 7's Better Homes and Garden. Angus runs his own horticultural consulting and plant breeding business. New World Plants since 1985. He took over from Dr Mervyn Turner as Breeder of the popular Bush Gems Kangaroo Paws in 1990 and has also released numerous other Australian plant varieties ina wide range of plant groups. In 2016 Angus published his new book 'The Australian Native Garden: A practical Guide" with A B Bishop. receiving fabulous reviews :www.gardeningwithangus.com.au
Tony Scherer Talk: Unraveling the composting conundrum
The farm Rocky Top is a hilly and rocky property that runs behind the original Frogmore Creek Vineyard in Penna, just outside the Coal River Valley. Of the 200 acre property, 4 acres make up our current market garden, 20 acres is a dedicated wildlife conservation area and the remainder is a work in progress. The soils are black cracking clay, produced from parent rock called dolerite which produce soils which are very rich in nutrients and high in most minerals. The farmer My partner Joyce and I (Tony) hail originally from the U.S. but we both fell in love with Australia in 1990 and have never looked back! We began market gardening as Rocky Top after the sale of the original Frogmore Creek vineyard to Jansz.. I have been involved in organic farming in some shape or form for the last 40 years. I firmly believe that small-scale production of high quality produce is the future for Tasmania and am actively working towards this vision by mentoring and supporting producers through my role as President of Sprout Tasmania. Out of all that we produce at Rocky Top, my current favourite thing is roasted freshly dug pink eyes, but that is this week. The farming Rocky Top Grows, Nurtures and Shares. We grow high quality vegetables using the best heirloom varieties, nurture them naturally with organic amendments and share the full flavoured, nutrient-rich products with you. Not only do we grow, nurture and share our produce but we also grow a farming community through Sprout, nurture ideas and relationships and share knowledge so that we can build a stronger, more sustainable local food system.
Susan Hood Garlic Plaiting Demonstration A Tasman Peninsula resident for over 30 years, Susan is passionate about growing wholesome food and inspiring others to take on what can be the most satisfying of activities. She is passionate about small fruits, growing garlic and working with the land in a holistic way, and at the festival will be demonstrating how to plait both the hard and soft neck garlic varieties.