Werombi Farm Produce
F & H Galea & Son Ltd first began with the union of Helen Camenzuli and Felix Galea in 1959.
Felix came from a long line of farmers, and he emigrated to Australia from Gozo, in Malta, in 1956 at the age of 17. On arrival in Australia he began farming at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s West. Helen is an Australian born Maltese with both her parents also coming from a strong farming background.
When Felix and Helen married they continued to farm the seven acres at Eastern Creek. They had three children, Eddie, Connie and Michelle. As time went on Helen and Felix sponsored two of Felix’s young brothers, Louis and Paul to come to Australia and work with them.
In 1956 they purchased 20 acres at Penrith using irrigation from the Nepean River. Building a small house and setting up a new farm, the Galea family moved to Penrith in 1966. Paul and Louis went on to purchase and farm their own properties. They sponsored Felix’s youngest brother, Sam, who now farms successfully with his wife Lucy in Theresa Park.
In 1970 Helen and Felix bought the 102 acre property in Werombi and commuted between both farms. The family had a lot of hard work in front of them, as the new property was a run down orchard. They grazed cattle but the primary income was from vegetables. Growing vegetables in Werombi was difficult at times and the Galeas returned to Penrith on occasion.
Water was also an issue on the new farm and in 1995-1996 the decision was made to increase the size of the existing two dams. Today the property has three dams over an area of 30 acres and a water holding capacity of 500 million litres. More recently the farm has become an enclosed water system where all run off is recycled and put back onto the property. There is no run off of water into the nearby Sydney Water Catchment Area.
To date, the Galea family has been farming in the Macarthur region now for over 40 years, growing cabbages, several varieties of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, celery as well as seasonal crops such as Russian garlic, corn and pumpkins.
With a strong commitment to the environment, F & H Galea & Son, also known as Werombi Farm Produce, is leading the way in Integrated Pest Management (IMP) farming practices in the Sydney Basin. Eddie and his family regularly volunteer their farm for research trials and as a location for farm field days.
Eddie and his wife Kerry have been actively involved in the Horticultural industry. Both have held positions in the local NSWFA Horticulture Branch. Eddie has been on National Vegetable Research and Development Advisory groups for about twelve years. He has represented IPM, Environment and Leafy Vegetables and Consumers. He is also a member of the AUSVEG Environmental Committee and was on the NSW Vegetable Industry Development Officer Steering Committee.
Both Eddie and Kerry were involved with establishment of the NSW Farmers Association Farmers Market, which started in October 2002. This market, now know as Warwick Farm Trackside Market is owned and operated by United Growers of which Eddie was a shareholder.
Following the very sad passing of Eddie Galea on January 5th 2018 to Bowel Cancer…..
This ends an incredible era for both Werombi Farm Produce and Warwick Farm Trackside Market for Eddie and his family had been an integral part of the Market from the beginning. With the departure of NSW Farmer’s Association in the operation of Sydney’s first “True Growers” Market, Eddie was then part of the Management group to take on running the successful Farmer’s Market. This was an exciting time which now allowed the market to be operated by the stallholders for the benefit of customers and stallholder’s alike.
Eddie’s commitment and passion for the Market was there for all to see and anyone who met him would see how proud he was to be able to supply fresh leafy vegetables to the customers of the Market on a weekly basis. Many not knowing that the long, hard hours on the farm during the day and nightly trips into Sydney Markets to Wholesalers with produce picked that day, was also part of Eddie’s life.
Despite Eddie’s health challenges in 2015, his farming accident which left him legally blind and then the diagnosis of 4th stage Bowel Cancer he battled on with the help of his family and some amazing staff. Eddie was determined to attend the last market before Christmas to say farewell to many stallholders and customers that over the years had become part of his “Farmer’s Market Family”.
We say farewell to Eddie Galea & Werombi Farm Produce and thank them for the years of service & dedication given to us here at Warwick Farm Trackside Market