Our ethos is simple: Healthy soil = healthy food = healthy people. What you put in is what you get out - and we put lots of effort into our soil and environment. The nutrients in the soil directly affect the nutrients in the food produced on that soil, so we know that with all our hard work on soil and land management, the garlic grown on Broadlands Farm will be wonderfully nutritious and good for you. Our production methods are natural and no chemicals are ever applied to our crops or paddocks. When our stock of raw garlic runs out near the end of season, we source garlic stock for black garlic production from other producers with like-minded attitudes and methods.
Garlic production naturally
In November our garlic paddocks are given to our pet pigs - they happily weed, til and fertilise the soil for us until february. Following the pigs, a green manure crop is sown to add yet more organics and nitrogen to the soil... and finally in early April raised beds are formed and given a dusting of organic soil conditioner. In April-May beds are planted up by hand with our own stock garlic and mulched, the garlic is left to grow healthily until the December harvest. Harvested garlic is left to shed-hang for 4-5 weeks to air dry and cure. The garlic is then trimmed and sorted - the best of the bulbs being delegated to Black & Purple whole bulb stock, some garlic is saved for the next planting season and the remainder is used for paste and cooking.
Caring for our environment
The Tasmanian Black Garlic Co. is based on Broadlands Farm, a 42 acre piece of paradise for our family. We have spent the last 4 years working on repairing the creeks that were denuded when we purchased the farm. By re-planting and rehabilitating our land, we have seen a fantastic increase in the bird and wildlife numbers - and it is not uncommon for us to spot rare quolls galloping across the paddocks. Our family support Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary as wildlife rescue volunteers and carers (FOCs).