For approximately a quarter-century, Dave Fuller has been educating untold figures of individuals ages 5 to 90 how to develop hardneck garlic. It’s been one of his parts of know-how as a College of Maine Cooperative Extension agriculture and nontimber forest solutions professional based in Farmington.

He has presented palms-on education for business growers and house gardeners in the cultivation, harvest, curing and storage of the pungent perennial in Maine. With Extension crops specialist Steven Johnson, Fuller has manufactured UMaine Extension publications and video clips that have grown garlic lovers all over the world. Collectively with Johnson, Fuller also has experienced a number of garlic research tasks, which includes the latest, a 3-calendar year analyze of the outcomes of scape elimination at various development stages on the dimension of the harvested bulb. 

This tumble, as he well prepared for his retirement from UMaine Extension in February, Maine’s garlic expert knew he needed to find a house for the 800 bulbs he’s utilised in his analysis. He contacted colleagues and Learn Gardener Volunteers who labored with organizers of school and neighborhood gardens, which includes tribal gardens, where by some of the 100 lbs . of garlic could be planted and applied for academic reasons, help with foods sovereignty initiatives and feed the hungry.

In 54 locations in nearly each individual Maine county, Fuller’s garlic now has a 2nd daily life.

“It’s a neat way to extend the teaching,” says Fuller, noting that hardneck garlic was a fairly new crop in Maine when he started out rising it 28 a long time ago. In truth, as section of his interview for his UMaine Extension position 24 yrs back, he did an educational program on garlic.

“I started and finished my profession with garlic,” he says. “It’s a gorgeous plant, straightforward to mature and utilised in all the world’s cuisines.”

Fuller’s most loved aspect has to do with the allium’s perennial overall look in the backyard — the very last to be planted in the fall and the initial to appear in the spring. His favorite recipe: roasted garlic smeared on a contemporary baguette.

There’s no telling how a great deal garlic is growing in Maine owing to Fuller’s know-how and enthusiasm. He never ever tires of answering the most-asked dilemma: when do I harvest it?

“It’s a calling,” suggests Fuller, a UMaine and University of Southern Maine alumnus. “Serving the people today of Maine whilst utilizing my knowledge and working experience has been a dream task.”

“Of all the vegetable teams, folks are significant on tomatoes, but garlic is a entire other detail. Persons are gaga on garlic.”

Roasted Garlic
Preheat oven to 400 levels F
Lower the very major off bulbs of hardneck garlic to expose clove ideas
Area the bulbs on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Coat the tops of the bulbs with olive oil and bake until eventually comfortable, about half an hour.

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