Australia's largest garlic producer has teamed up with a remote Northern Territory Indigenous community to grow garlic; the Alekarenge Horticulture farm, about 350 kilometres north of Alice Springs, was established by Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture to provide training and employment opportunities for the local community. Different varieties have been trialled in small plots, under the instruction of the company Australian Garlic Producers.
Supervisor at the Alekarenge Horticulture training farm, Del Norris, says its garlic is fast growing and very tasty, of a high quality and full of flavour.
"The smell of the garlic is apparent right from the word go, and that's because of its freshness," she said. "And the strength of the garlic … it's got a lovely bite to it, put it that way."
Ms Norris said Ali Curung residents had assisted with the establishment of the crop.
Australian Garlic Producers provides the seed for the Alekarenge Horticulture farm and is responsible for the agronomy of the crop. The company grows garlic across the southern states, but chief executive Nick Diamantopoulos said they were interested in extending their growing season. The operation is set to be expanded next year with five hectares being cleared for more pre-commercial garlic trials.