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4 - 5 January 2024

ORFC 2024 Online Programme

This two-day online programme offers 45 sessions livestreamed from five rooms at ORFC in Oxford, UK.  It is an opportunity to view and join in with the talks and discussions as they happen in real time, as well as to go back and watch sessions that you missed at a later date. All online delegates will be able to ask questions of the speakers in Oxford through the online Q&A facility. If you can’t make it to Oxford this year, don’t miss out on being a part of this transformational event. Book your online tickets now.

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Keep scrolling for the list of sessions. Please note the times in the online programme should display in your local time zone. This is the full programme of online sessions, livestreamed from Oxford. View the in-person programme.

We gratefully acknowledge our partners, funders, sponsors and supporters, who have helped make ORFC 2024 possible.

Oxford

Speakers

Eleanor Gallia

Alysoun Bolger

Amy Powney

Naglaa Ahmed

Chair

Simona Valuckaite

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Turning Fashion into a Climate Solution

Join us as we take you on the journey of clothes, shoes, accessories and all the pieces that make up the fashion industry puzzle. It all begins and ends in the soil, and like most things in
our lives, fashion is grown in soil. In this session we will be exploring the movement for a better fashion industry. One where farmers are paid fairly, a future where farmers no longer have
to expose…

Oxford

Speakers

Christopher Price, Andrew Hogley, Jennifer Hunter, Maria Benjamin

Chair

Lesley Mitchell

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

More Than a By-Product: Resetting the Way We Think about Wool

If we adopt a different mindset which values the production of wool equally to the production of meat from sheep, how would we farm differently? How do we progress to the widespread replacement of unsustainable synthetic materials with ethically and regeneratively produced wool? This session will explore how, for sheep farming to be truly sustainable, we need to be more ambitious in the way we think about this important and undervalued crop. Led by expert…

Oxford

Speakers

Rachel Phillips

Marina O’Connell

Nathan Einbinder

Jonty Brunyee

Berni Courts

Chair

Hatty Richards

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Emergent Training: Learning New Ways to Farm, Own Land and Do Business

UK food-production is undergoing a swift transition to agroecological/ regenerative systems. Often termed "emergent" it’s not yet fixed in terms of practice and theory. As farmers transition they need to learn new ways of thinking, farming and doing business underpinned by new principles/practices that often are different to those they know and use. This panel pulls together specialist individuals/organisations who are striving together to develop inclusive/ diverse training that challenges the established concepts of agriculture…

Oxford

Speakers

Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Zosia Walczak

Rachel Jone

Chair

Julia Kirby-Smith

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Why We Need to Change Food Retail

Independent food traders and new routes to market can help us build a more regionalised and resource- efficient food system - one where farmers and local economies get a greater share of profits, and where nature and climate-friendly food is prioritised. This session unpicks why we need alternative ways of distributing and selling food, and how we can support their growth through policy and other measures. We will explore the new business models that are…

Oxford

Speakers

Felicity Jones

Rading’Nyamwaya Obyerodhyambo

Chair

Barbara Heinzen

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Story of the Barbets Duet

As a collective, the Barbets Duet is a small, global group of like-minded individuals and families, striving to restore ecological function on their respective parcels of land, around
the world, whilst creating economic opportunity. Throughout this interactive session the story of the group and their lived experience will be shared as well as a discussion on key challenges they have faced such as legacy.

Oxford

Speakers

Pavel Cenkl

Katie Palmer

Alejandra Balcazar

Elaine Cohen

Chair

Alice Jervoise

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Conscious Leadership for Local, Regenerative Food Systems

To transform food systems we need to look beyond the problem’s symptoms, and even the system’s patterns and structures, at what fundamentally drives the systems. Consciousness and mental models are increasingly recognized as the key to unlock systems change. Regenerative agriculture calls for regenerative mindsets and cultures in addition to regenerative practices to enable transformation. This session presents an innovative curriculum built on a series of dynamically interlinked modules offered both online and facilitated at…

Speakers

William Milliken

Peter Gregory

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Livestock Health: Homoeopathy and Phytotherapy

A pressing issue for global farming is the over-use of veterinary pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics and anthelmintics, and the resulting impacts on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and biodiversity loss. One of the ways to reduce antibiotic use on farms is to use well documented alternatives, such as homoeopathy and phytotherapy. In the UK, with so few homoeopathically trained vets in farm practice, farmers have found it difficult to know how best to do this. This talk will…

Oxford

Speakers

Joanna Bowen

Fergus Lyon

Ninian Stuart

Alastair MacKenzie

Chair

Jackie Thoms

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Opening Up Land Holding

How can existing landowners adopt more responsible and progressive approaches to ownership that enable greater benefits and wider access? This session will explore the opportunities and challenges of different approaches to owning, holding, stewarding and sharing land in ways that strengthen the connection between people and land in times of transition. The panel will share their experience of different approaches to community involvement, such as B Corps, joint ventures, and the path to community ownership.…

Oxford

Speakers

Ian Rappel, College for Real Farming and Food Culture

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Open Forum: Agroecology as Rewilding?

With agriculture now constituting the largest biome habitat on Earth, the time has come to call a halt to the phoney war between farmers and environmental conservationists. How can we move beyond the polarised debate around rewilding and farming to explore the potential for agroecology to rewild agriculture itself? What is the significance and potential of agroecology and regenerative farming for nature recovery? How can we support nature recovery through food production? As the planet’s…