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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

Jo Riggall

Nikki Yoxall

Olivia Nelson

Matt Pitts

Chair

John Harold

Languages

English

Format

Audio

14:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Valuing Species Rich Grasslands

This lively discussion will focus on the value of species-rich grassland for nature, climate and people. We’ll discuss their ecosystem services, benefits at farm-level (eg climate, resilience, cost saving) and their wider contribution to public goods (flood mitigation, soil conservation, biodiversity). The session will cover evidence on carbon storage and sequestration potential, and implications of management approaches; and panellists will reflect on how farmers can incorporate species-rich grasslands into their business and access public and…

Oxford

Speakers

Tom Carman

David Riddle

Christine Meadows

Rachel Phillips

Gala Bailey-Barker

Chair

Gabriel Kaye

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

14:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Finding The Right Successor For Your Land

How do you go about finding the next stage for your farm if you have no family to take it on? What are useful paths and choices? Where do you start? When is the best time to look at succession? In this session, panellists will consider enterprise stacking, subcontracting activities, share farming, community engagement and feeding the nation (locally) as ways to bring others into a farm’s future. Succession also offers opportunities for entrant farmers…

Oxford

Speakers

Babs Behan

Languages

English

Format

Audio

14:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

WORKSHOP: Native and Invasive Plant Pigment Printing 14.00

Can we break the habit of using petroleum derived plastic based pigments for print and colour for consumer goods and packaging? Is there an alternative pigment source which is not reliant on global extractive industries? In this workshop we look at traditional local pigments which can be sourced from abundant plant waste streams such as windfall leaves and look at the wider circular system of harvesting colour in a way which can actually be beneficial…

Oxford

Speakers

Darina Allen

Kylie Woodham

Francesca Cooper

Hollie Fallick

Languages

English

Format

Audio

14:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Parenthood and Regenerative Agriculture

Some of us are farmers before we become parents. For others it happens the other way around. Some choose farming as a lifestyle to raise a family and teach the next generation food security, sovereignty and animal husbandry. However farming and parenting match together, there are benefits - socially, environmentally, economically. Farming and parenting also have their challenges. Unreliable wages, weather fluctuations and long work hours. Demands on families are exacerbated by farming. Intergenerational expectations…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Guy Standing
David Bollier

Languages

English

Format

Video

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Commons and Commoning: a Progressive Vision of a Good Society

The Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest of 1217 inaugurated legal doctrines guaranteeing public access and use of land, water, forests, and myriad social and intellectual commons. Yet capitalist enterprises and complicit states have plundered, privatised and commodified them, generating vast wealth and power for a minority while laying waste to ecosystems, democracy, and social equity. This session features two activist-thinkers discussing how commoning can achieve structural transformation and cultural change. Guy Standing, an…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nick Chappell
Alex Adam
James Robinson
Sam Kenyon

Chair

Pete Leeson

Languages

English

Format

Video

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Slow the Flow: Nature-Based Flood Responses

The Storm Desmond floods in 2015 cost the UK £1.6 Billion. Extreme weather patterns are impacting our farms, either with too much water or too little water. New research now shows the effectiveness of natural flood management and increasingly there is an acceptance that, for many communities, engineering our way out of crisis will not be possible – natural solutions may be the only solutions on the table. Hear from a scientist quantifying the effectiveness…

Oxford

Speakers

Katie Driver

Sally Davies

Forrest Hogg

Chair

Gillian Burke

Languages

English

Format

Audio

16:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Penpont Project: The Power of Intergenerational Working

This session will bring together speakers from three generations and different backgrounds to discuss how they are working together to restore nature, shift towards regenerative agricultural practices and build community across 500 acres at Penpont - the UK’s largest intergenerational nature recovery project. Speakers will discuss how they have worked together across generations, the barriers they have overcome, the benefits they’ve seen in a context where younger generations are often excluded from land, and how…

Oxford

Speakers

John Powell

Phil Scott

Andy Gray

Stephen Hill

Anna Blumfield

Chair

Sue Hayman

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

16:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Local Abattoirs- Funding, Future Models And Next Steps

This session will provide an update on the situation for small and local abattoirs in the UK. With further closures over the past year, many farmers are facing a crisis as they struggle to find an abattoir to meet their needs. Government funding is set to be rolled out at the start of 2024 and this session will provide an opportunity to find out more about the fund, who can apply and how farmers can…

Oxford

Speakers

Jenny Mackewn

Angela Raffle

Languages

English

Format

Audio

16:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

WORKSHOP: Using Systemic Mapping for Finding Positive Solutions in Complex Situations

This popular workshop is back, with a difference! Jenny and Angela will guide you gently through a practice that taps straight into intuition, instinct, embodied sense and emotional knowing. The workshop is open to those completely new to this approach, as well as returners from last year. Valuable for problem solving in numerous circumstances, including the challenges faced by agroecological projects large and small, the approach is both deep and highly practical, and can be…