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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.

Cultural Event

Speakers

Satish Kumar

Languages

English

Format

Video

08:00 - 08:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

Meditation with Satish Kumar

To meditate is to pay attention and be present in the here and now. During this meditation, led by Satish Kumar, we will pay attention to our body posture and our breath, through breathing in, breathing out, smiling, relaxing and letting go. We will pay attention to the four elements of which we are made; earth, air, fire and water and we will do so with gratitude. Please join this session to learn about how…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Ariel Andrade Molina
Rochelle Diver
Ferdinand Wafula
Paula Gioia
Jo Kamal

Chair

Dee Woods

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

Food Sovereignty Reloaded: how does it look today?

2007 marked a key moment in which small-scale food producers and their allies established a shared vision of food sovereignty and developed strategies to make it a reality. Over time, a robust global movement for food sovereignty emerged, gaining significant political recognition and playing a key role towards the democratisation of global food and agricultural arenas, and also influencing food sovereignty policies in various national contexts.

However, our achievements are now under threat due to…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Robert Barbour
Michael Lee
Karl Williams
Sophie Gregory

Chair

Lesley Mitchell

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

What Role for Grazing Livestock in a Warming World?

Urgent action on climate change is needed, and reducing livestock production in the UK is often said to be part of the solution. But should reductions be focused on extensive grazing livestock, as is often argued? This session will bring together recent science with implications for how we understand the climate impacts of meat and dairy from different production systems. By considering this alongside the multiple social and environmental benefits that well-managed grasslands and grazing…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Holly Silvester
Julia Cooper
Jessica Stokes
Ben Adams

Chair

Tara Wight

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

The Search for Common Ground: Reconciling Farming and Academic Research

While in the field, farmers pioneer and share innovative regenerative practices, research councils continue to pour millions of pounds a year into tech-heavy, top-down solutions to the challenges faced by agriculture. This session will bring together academic researchers, funders and pioneering farmers to discuss how we can work better together. Through their own experiences of successful participatory research, panellists will explore differences in expectations, timescales and language which pose challenges to collaboration, and discuss what…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Sam Hayward
Stephen Ware
Peter Brooks
Rebecca Tully

Chair

Ruth Wescott

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

Cleaning Up Our Rivers

Industrialised livestock farming is a leading cause of river pollution in the UK, and is a hot topic with voters. The behaviour of sewage companies has grabbed headlines, but we want to turn attention to big agriculture companies who are profiting while overproduction of slurry and manure is destroying wildlife in our rivers. We will discuss the pressure on farmers to intensify, and the policy solutions, and practices on-farm that can turn this around, as…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Patrick MacManaway
Bríd Walsh
Richard Gantlett
Adam Brocklehurst

Chair

Rachel Fleming

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

The Common Wild Tongue: Conversations with the Land

If the land had a voice, what would it be asking us to do? Is it possible that we could be working in a more reciprocal and mutually beneficial way? In this session we bring together those who work on the land at a subtle level - those who act as intermediaries between that which is seen and that which is unseen, those who can converse directly with the flows and cycles and spirits of…

Speakers

Fred Price

Michael Stoate

Rosy Benson

Chair

Heloise Trott

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

The Cann Mill Project: Widening Access to Population Wheats in the South West

During the 2023 growing season, four farms in the South West Grain Network (SWGN) – an alternative, human-scale, non-commodity grain economy – collaborated with millers, Stoates and Son, to produce approximately 100 tonnes of a functional stone-ground South West bread flour, milled from two population wheats. These were then available for purchase by bakeries in the South West and the wider UK. The wheats (YQ and Mariagertoba) were selected for their genetic diversity, ability to…

Oxford

Speakers

Leah Harris

Alex Stevenson

Chris Molyneux

Chair

Carolyn Coxe

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Friday, 2 January 2024

Managing Reduced Tillage in Horticulture

No-till has risen in popularity in recent years but many growers still struggle to adopt the practice and remain chemical-free. While no-till and min-till techniques have taken off in horticulture, a prominent question remains – how do you terminate your cover crops without chemicals or destructive tillage? Through the Innovative Farmers programme, growers are pioneering new machinery and strip till techniques to find ways of maximising the benefits to soil health. In this session, you’ll…

Oxford

Speakers

Jessica Milgroom

Lucy Aphramor

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

WORKSHOP: Feminist and Anti-Colonial Approaches to Food, Agriculture and Health

This workshop aims to collectively share stories and experiences of feminist approaches as researchers, food producers, activists or practitioners in the spheres of agroecology, food sovereignty or public health. Our starting point is that we are confronted with patriarchy in multiple ways and spaces: from the institutions we work in, to the colonial capitalist farm and food systems we oppose, from the social movements we work with to our own thinking and doing. To transgress…