One of the unique and most popular aspects of the Koonya Garlic Festival is its 'expert talks' and the 2018 festival has invited back three of Australia's leading gardening experts.
For the first time the festival will have a special Q & A session with Angus Stewart, Tino Carnevale and Letetia Ware. This is your chance to meet and to ask questions of the experts and to brush up on your garlic (and general) growing and gardening knowledge.
2018 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, Award-winning garlic Grower & leading Soil Specialist, Letetia Ware.
Penny Woodward Talk: Garlic for Home Gardeners 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
Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart Talk: Garlic Propagation 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 Angus is a professional horticulturist who had a first class honours degree in agricultural scientist who has spent a life time working in the Australian horticultural industry. He has also had a parallel career as a horticultural evangelist in the media world, including an 11 year stint on Gardening Australia. He had worked extensively on ABC radio throughout Australia, and written numerous articles for various gardening magazines. He had recently moved to the Tasman Peninsula where he has a 15 hectare working farm. He has written 6 gardening books including the most recent Grow Your Own. He has also authored Let's Propagate which is all about plant propagation. His 2016 book 'The Australian Native Garden: A practical Guide" with A B Bishop. received rave reviews :www.gardeningwithangus.com.au
Q & A with Angus Stewart, Tino Carnevale & Letetia Ware Question time: Your Chance to ask the experts! 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
Susan Hood Garlic Plaiting Demonstrations 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.