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2010 - 2024

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Explore older session recordings on the ORFC YouTube Channel. The ORFC archives are in development and all session recordings from early years are coming soon! Archival material from ORFC 2016 – 2019 can be found on the old ORFC website.

Please note many of the recordings are made by volunteers, using non-professional equipment. If you have any questions about the content, or would like to add anything to the archive, please contact francesca@orfc.org.uk.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nigel Maxted

Karen Inwood

Wayne Frankham

Paul Townson

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Conserving Crop Landraces and Wild Relatives

Our global food supplies depend on just a few mainstream crops which are vulnerable to climate change and other pressures. Landraces and crop wild relatives (CWR) are valuable plant genetic resources with natural resilience, as well as having huge cultural significance, yet they are being lost at unprecedented rates.

We need to work together to conserve this diversity in situ (on farms, in gardens and in the wild), alongside ex situ activities. This session will…

Workshop

Speakers

Leah Penniman

Maggie Cheney

Dee Woods

Languages

English

Format

Audio

14:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Social Justice Breakout Session

Following on from their lunchtime talk in the Old Library, join Dee Woods and others to look deeper into some of the issues raised in this session.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

David McNaughton

Alex Warrington

Lindsay Whistance

Liz Bowles

Chair

Jerry Alford

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

14:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Climate Friendly Farming: Moving Towards the Production of More Agroecological Proteins for Animal Foodstuffs

The UK currently imports around two million tonnes of soya beans per year to feed its livestock. The production of this soya, in countries such as Brazil and Argentina, is known to be one of the major contributors to deforestation, and consequently, climate change. While we need to reduce our reliance on grain-fed livestock in the long term, in the shorter term we can grow animal feed proteins in the UK and reduce our demand…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Roz Corbett

Adam Barnett

Véronique Rioufol

Samson Hart

Chair

Tom Carman

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The Search for Land: A European Overview

Are you involved in finding, buying, or renting land for agroecology? Or are you aware of a land struggle to save or secure land for agroecology? We’re wanting to get a sense of the different approaches that are being tried, where the blocks are, where most innovation is happening, and the extent of the need for legislative change in the ownership and distribution of land.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Kimberly Bell

Cory Mason

Paul Wyman

Fred Price

Chair

Katie Bell

Languages

English

Format

Audio

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Diversifying the Grain Chain

Crop diversity has been in rapid decline for the last 100 years, particularly when it comes to grains grown in the UK. Where we once had a patchwork of regionally-specific grains grown across the country, arable fields are becoming increasingly homogenised in favour of supposedly high-performing modern breeds.

The Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme is working to support a diverse and resilient seed system and will chair this session around the question “How can we…

Plenary

Speakers

Alice Cunningham

Jyoti Fernandes

John Meadley

Leah Penniman

Colin Tudge

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF, Video

09:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Opening Plenary 2020

Day One and the opening plenary for the #ORFC20 kicks off with drumming from Shumei Taiko. The songs are a celebration of harmony with nature and promote wellbeing with all living things. Two of the four drummers here are farmers.

The speakers which follow include Colin Tudge, the co-founder of the ORFC, Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm, John Meadley from the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), Alice Cunningham from Shumei International and Jyoti Fernandes…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Gail Bradbrook

Oli Rodker

Peter Stevenson

Chair

John Vidal

Languages

English

Format

Audio, Video

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Food, Farming and Climate Justice

Our food and farming system is at the centre of the global climate change debate and all possible pathways to reduce emissions to net zero will have dramatic effects on what we eat, how it is produced and how it is distributed around the world.
However when it comes to the detail of the what will enable that transition to happen, how coherent are our visions and how effective are our strategies? Watch our…

Farm Practice

Speakers

Tim Pagella

Nigel Kendall

Tim Downes

Chair

Helen Chesshire

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The Value of Tree Fodder in Silvopasture Systems

Silvopasture is an ancient practice that integrates trees and pasture into a single system for raising livestock. Research from Project Drawdown – the global research organisation - suggests silvopasture is the most effective climate change mitigation solution of all agricultural strategies. However, there are also animal welfare and productivity benefits through the provision of shelter, shade and as a valuable source of food.

This session will give a brief overview of what silvopasture is and…

Workshop

Speakers

Alice Cunningham

Ben Raskin

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

An Introduction to Shumei Natural Agriculture

Shumei Natural Agriculture is a way of farming based on a deep respect and regard for nature. It looks to cultivate wholesome food with pure seeds without the use of any fertilizer, chemicals or additives. It is more than an approach to agriculture, it is a way of living in harmony with nature.

A guiding principle of Shumei is the inherent power of the soil to produce healthy crops. Natural Agriculture builds the foundation of…

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