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ORFC Global 2021

Full Programme

This seven-day programme offers over 150 sessions that have been programmed with partners and farming communities from across six continents.  It includes a mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops and cultural events on everything from farm practice to climate justice to indigenous knowledge. Please take some time to explore!

Please note that although workshops are free to all registered delegates, separate, advance registration is required for all workshops, and spaces are limited. Workshop registration opened to all registered delegates from Tuesday, 29 December 2020 and was sent via email. Register early to avoid disappointment!

View a PDF of the full programme here

View a printable PDF programme here

Please note the times in the online programme below should display in your local time zone.

Cultural Event
12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Opening Plenary

Opening plenary with speakers and farmers from around the world.

Cultural Event
Keynote

Speakers

Sam Lee

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

An Evening with Sam Lee: Folksongs and Stories from the British Isles

Award-winning inventive singer, folksong collector, conservationist and founder/director of The Nest Collective Sam Lee sings a special show of folksongs inspired by nature and for the Oxford Real Farming Conference.

Singing songs from his repertoire of ancient traditional British folk songs, this concert will dig deep into the numerous stunning songs that connected our forbearers to the land. For 15 years Sam has collected songs from across the UK and Ireland mostly recording the last…

Cultural Event
Keynote

Speakers

Naima Penniman

Chair

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

These Gardens are Blueprints: Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice

At this time of multiple pandemics, of police violence, coronavirus, climate chaos, and unprecedented economic crisis, we are being called to put our food and land sovereignty dreams into deeper practice. Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous community farm in New York that raises vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs and poultry for people living under food apartheid, and is part of a growing movement to uphold everyone’s right to land, honor the people who grow our…

Cultural Event
Farm Practice
Keynote

Speakers

Lyla June

Chair

Tiffani Patton

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Indigenous Food Systems with Lyla June

Indigenous food systems, both in pre-Columbian times and now, are poorly understood by the Western world. Over the millenia, Indigenous food scientists have generated a wealth of biodiversity within the global food system, with 70% of the world's variety of foods come from the Americas. Indigenous peoples perfected–in hundreds of types of bioregions and ecotones)–low energy input-high energy output land management practices. For example, the Haíɫzaqv (ˈheɪltsək) Nation of British Columbia, Canada hand plant massive…

Cultural Event

Languages

English

20:00 - 22:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

FILM SCREENING: Gather

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 750

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies…

Cultural Event
Keynote

Speakers

Nnimmo Bassey

Naomi Klein

Chair

Jamie Hartzell

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Wednesday, 13 January

Message from the Future ll

Do we even have a right to be hopeful? With political and ecological fires raging all around, is it irresponsible to imagine a future world radically better than our own? A world of healed ecosystems? Of food sovereignty and equal access to land? A world where governments fear the people instead of the other way around?

These are questions that Naomi Klein and Nnimmo Bassey wrestled with when they conceived of a sequel to last year's…

Cultural Event

Languages

English, Español, Français

21:00 - 21:15 GMT
Wednesday, 13 January

Closing Plenary

Please join the ORFC Global team and UK folksinger, Sam Lee, for a brief closing plenary (15 minutes)

For those who would like to sing along with the final song here are the lyrics.

One May morning early I chanced for to roam
And strolled through the field by the side of the grove.
It was there I did hear the harmless birds sing,
And you never heard so sweet,
and…