To Cowra for vegetables

2014 marks the International Year of the Farming Family. 

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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 the clothes 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 Christine Galea packed 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," Mrs Galea said.

"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, the Galea's spent 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," Mr Galeasaid. 

As with all farming, Mr Galea said 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, Mrs Galea is also the manager of the event. 

"We produce all kinds of veges but 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, Mr Galea said 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 Westcott and Cliff and Helen Westcott

* DUNEDOO: The Armstrong Family 

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The story To Cowra for vegetables first appeared on Western Advocate.

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