The 11th annual Oxford Real Farming Conference took place on 8th to 9th January 2020 at the Oxford Town Hall, and other nearby venues. You can find the programme for ORFC 2020 here.
ORFC delegates come from across the food and farming sector, with an interest in meeting global food system challenges in innovative and environmentally sustainable ways. The Oxford Real Farming Conference is a unique opportunity to meet the people putting new models of farming into practice, be inspired by those who have been farming for some time, and connect with other farmers facing their own challenges in producing good, affordable food for healthy communities. Take a look at our highlights video from the 2020 conference.
This year’s conference featured over 118 talks, from global panels discussing the impact of farming on our climate to heated debates around how the UK can move towards a truly sustainable diet. You can see a number of these sessions here. Audio files of all the talks will be coming soon.
The conference got off to a powerful start with drumming by the Taiko Shumei. Farmers themselves, the drummers performed two pieces which spoke of their connection of nature and their gratitude for the harvest. Here are highlights from the Opening Plenary, which also include short opening comments from ORFC’s co-founder, Colin Tudge; US Farmer and Activist, Leah Penniman; the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association’s John Meadley; Director of Shumei International, Alice Cunningham; and the Landworkers’ Alliance’s Jyoti Fernandes.