To Cowra for vegetables

Christine and Charlie Galea with their latest crop. Christine showcasing the Woodstock Honey to be taken to the Farmer’s and Craft Markets in Cowra.

Emma and Christine Galea, with their locally grown produce at theJapanese Garden’s Garden Expo in 2009.

Christine Galea with some tomatoes damaged by early March rain in 2012.

Christine Galea preparing produce for the Farmers Market in 2007.

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Each day we have contact with a farmer, though we may not realise it.

Through the milk we enjoy on our breakfast, the meat we have for dinner, to theclothes we wear, a farmer has had something to do with our daily lives.

This year we honour our farming families across the Central West and Western NSW,bringing you their stories in the paper and online each week.

After their agent suggested Cowra as the place to be for all things vegetable related, Charlie and ChristineGaleapacked up their Sydney farm and headed west.

Twenty-five years on and their roots are now firmly planted at ‘Rosewood,’ just outside Cowra.

“Both our parents were vegetable farmers and we used to sell to the Sydney market before we moved here,” MrsGaleasaid.

“We needed more land and our agent told us about Cowra so we came over, had a look and moved within three months- and that was a while ago now.”

With ‘Rosewood’ originally a goat farm, theGalea’sspent many months turning it into a viable vegetable farm.

“We had to put in a bore for irrigation, set it all up and put the main in,” MrGaleasaid.

As with all farming, MrGaleasaid the venture hasn’t always been easy.

“The weather is the biggest challenge- and pests,” he said.

“Too wet is probably the worst for us because when it’s dry you can irrigate but you can’t stop the rain.”

Selling at the Cowra Farmers Month every third Saturday of the month, MrsGaleais also the manager of the event.

“We produce all kinds ofvegesbut Cowra in particular is getting quite a reputation for its watermelons and pumpkins,” she said.

Growing everything from lettuce and tomatoes to dealing with diamond moths in the cabbage, MrGaleasaid the farm is in their blood.

“It’s a bit of a gamble just like all farming but we’re used to it,” he said.

“There’s never a dull moment.”

*BATHURST:Dan and Steve Owens

* DUBBO: Cherie and Matthew Coddington

* PARKES:Neil and Alison WestcottandCliff and Helen Westcott

* DUNEDOO: The Armstrong Family

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