There are a number of other events happening in and around Oxford between 3rd and 5th January 2018 which may be of interest to ORFC delegates.
Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018:
As a warm-up to the Oxford conferences, Agricology invites participants of the OFC and ORFC (and beyond!) to join them at Daylesford farm to explore the role of restorative leys in different agricultural systems. The tour around the farm will form the backbone of discussion and a roving microphone will capture the experiences of a range of farmers, questions from the group and supporting science from Agricology’s research partners.
The event will focus on sharing experiences; exploring practical questions around establishment, species and breed selection, the benefits for soil health, weed control, yields and overcoming some of the challenges.
Travel to and from Oxford and lunch can be included.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018:
The Great Beer Debate SOLD OUT
5pm. St Edmund’s Hall
An Innovative Farmers Event open to both OFC and ORFC delegates, this Fringe Event will showcase some great beer makers, talking about how they brew their ales. The event follows the successful Grate Cheese Debate held at the 2017 conference which went down very well with the delegates from both events.
Thursday 4th January 2018:
6pm-7pm Turl Street Kitchen
Big, Small or Not at All? The Future of Milk and Dairy
This informal workshop will discuss the rise of micro-dairies and the future of the dairy sector. It will explore how the sector will look in ten years time, whilst discussing some of the wider themes around the dairy industry in general, such as the place of milk and dairy in our diets including health, nutrition, changing diets, milk’s poor identity and value. We will hear perspectives from dairy companies and dairy farmers. Speakers: Shaun Young (The Estate Dairy – a leading barista milk brand), Alex Heffron (Mountain Hall Farm – Jersey micro-dairy), Abi Reader (Goldsland Farm – Welsh woman farmer of the year and founder of #Cowsontour), David Finlay (Cream O’Galloway – the UK’s largest ethical dairy farm). Chaired by Tom Levitt (journalist and Nuffield scholar)
Thursday 4th January 2018:
Oxford Farmers Comedy Night with Jim Smith
Running time: 1 hour
Venue: The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, OX1 2AQ
Perthshire farmer and standup comedian Jim Smith will lift the lid on how rural folk really see the world. His act explores the realities of country life – from Brexit to the price of scones. Jim also puts right the belief that it’s landowners and farmers who run the countryside, when it’s the Women’s Rural who actually hold the whiphand. Other favourite themes include the difference between what we see on Countryfile and what happens in real life and the challenges of finding a girlfriend when you live on a farm (and the perils of internet dating).
Two years ago he had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and reached the finals of the hugely influential So You Think You’re Funny competition. He regularly performs in clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The bar at the Old Fire Station will be open before the performance
Book tickets and further information here
Please note that ORFC is not the organiser of these events and does not necessarily endorse their content. Any questions or comments about the events should be addressed directly to the organisations leading these events.