Tracy Jones is a FOAM EU Organic Leadership graduate, ex-smallholder, and self described farming & countryside anorak! She’s a UK Board member for the CSA Network, a Farm Committee member of Vana Trust Organic Farm. and is currently writing her MSc organic farming thesis. Twas the day before ORFC15. Programme in hand so much to choose from, decisions, decisions. Speakers from around the world to inspire, share experiences, discuss and bring together a community of people rooting for a revitalised & sustainable farming future. This conference does not settle for one, but three strands! If you’d like to think more outside the box about how to utilise your farms resources there is the ‘Farming Outside the Box’ strand. For those into politics, science & economics there is the ‘Digging Deep’ strand. Last but definitely not least ‘New Generation, New Ideas’ is for people thinking about succession, new entrants to farming and farmers as social entrepreneurs. But of course don’t forget to maximise the times spent in between structured sessions and workshops, as these are invaluable for that all important networking and catching up with people you haven’t seen in a while! In one way this conference is a cacophony of ideas and visions, but as the definition of cacophony is ‘not harmonious’ then maybe it is better to say that this conference is a blending of thought and theory. Even if you can’t make it to the conference in person there will be lots of tweeting using #ORFC15 which you can follow from the comfort of your arm chair or more likely your tractor (although I’m not suggesting anyone looks at their phone whilst driving). This really is such an animating way to start 2015, which also happens to be the International Year of Soils. So for those able to make it to Oxford for the 6th/7th January I wish you a ‘Happy New Year’ & a happy, positive time at ORFC15.
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