This year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference will take place on 8th and 9th January at the Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates Church and Parish Centre. The programme for 2020 will be one you won’t want to miss, with discussions and workshops hosted by an incredible range of speakers and organisations from across the UK, Europe, Africa and the United States.
Tickets for the two-day conference cost £60 for farmers and £80 for everyone else. There are also bursary places available.
Among the many speakers and presenters, we will be welcoming:
- Leah Penniman – farmer, author and activist based at Soul Fire Farm in New York
- Alfredo Cunhal – silvopasture farmer and agricultural scientist from Portugal
- Gail Bradbrook – co-founder of Extinction Rebellion
- Nelson Mudzingwa – founder of the Shashe Agroecological School in Zimbabwe
- Ben Hartman – no-till expert and founder of the Lean Farm School in Indiana
- Henry Dimbleby – Leader of the National Food Strategy
Having received over 250 session proposals this year, we are slowly putting together an impactful programme and will contact everyone involved in the next few weeks. We hope this will offer you all plenty of opportunities to learn from practical on-farm solutions, take part in critical discussions about the food and farming system, and take some time to be inspired by new and radical ideas.
Standby for discussions around the future of agroecology, achieving the UK’s net zero carbon target, how to influence food policy, radical ways to access land, increasing diversity in farming, and advice on making food and farming businesses more efficient. Alongside these broader discussions, there will be plenty of hands-on sessions covering everything from compost to weed control to agroforestry.
In addition to our usual bursary places – which you can apply for here – we are delighted to announce that we will also be offering diversity bursaries, thanks to a grant from the Lush Foundation. These can be applied for here and are to encourage farmers and those involved in food production from a wide range of diverse backgrounds to attend. Please apply by 29th September.
Also, to help parents and carers of young children, we will be offering a limited number of childcare spaces. Babies and crawlers are still welcome in the talks but for older children you now have an option if it is difficult to find childcare cover at home. Childcare facilities will be situated in the main Town Hall – not far from the majority of sessions. You will need to book places in advance – we may need to prioritise if these are very popular. Please email us by 29th September if you are interested.
Once again, we are very much looking forward to welcoming all our delegates to what has become, for many, a highlight in their year. ORFC 2020 promises plenty of opportunities to network with old friends as well as make new contacts; but most of all, it is committed to providing a space for the UK’s food and farming movement to gather and set a radical agenda for the year to come!
Don’t miss out on your tickets – book them now!