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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!

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

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Natasha Soares

Rebecca Laughton

Ben Reynolds

Chair

Julie Brown

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

ARMs for Farms! How Retailers Can Increase the Demand for Sustainably Grown Fruit and Veg

The session will introduce the Better Food Traders Network - a new initiative launched by Growing Communities, aiming to promote the Alternative Routes to Market (ARMs) model that needs to be developed in tandem with agroecological production in order to support growers with fair prices sufficient to create viable livelihoods. We’ll look at what the BFT network has to offer ethical retailers, how Sustainable Food Cities can support this work, and outline work by the…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Elizabeth Stockdale

Tim Williams

Niels Corfield

Jenni Dungait

Chair

Abby Rose

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

What Can We Learn from Our Soils? Taking Soil Tests to the Next Level

This is a practical discussion on how farmers can get tangible insights from simple soil health tests that we can do ourselves. How can we use data from slake scores to understand levels of soil carbon? Can data from visual evaluation of soil structure be combined with infiltration rates to show soil erosion risk?

Farmers, scientists and soil health specialists will share learnings; and the Soilmentor team will share plans for ecological tools such as…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Christine Page

Samuel Smith

Karen Luyckx

Ben Scriven

Chair

Jyoti Fernandes

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Animal Feeds: What We Feed Livestock Matters

Animal feed is increasingly under the spotlight for its environmental impacts. What we feed livestock matters, because it relates to about half of the agricultural land on the planet, 80 percent of which is grasslands. In particular, pig and poultry production has a major dependency on soy imported from Latin America, and fish oil which is linked to overfishing.

In this session, we’ll provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities, showcasing some of the…

Workshop

Speakers

Jane Powell

Helena Paul

Ricarda Steinbrecher

Languages

English

Format

Audio

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Systems Thinking for Just, Equitable, Ecological UK Food and Farming

How do you effect bottom-up change in the UK food system? We know that change is vital for justice, equity and tacking climate change and biodiversity loss, yet instead of system change we face proposals for further concentrations of power, including linear techno-fixes that will merely increase our problems. In a situation where farmers take the risks and companies reap the profits, how can systems thinking and solutions help in building new, fair, resilient food…

Workshop

Speakers

Land Justice Network

Languages

English

Format

Audio

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Towards a People’s Land Policy

Join members of the Land Justice Network for a participatory workshop about land rights past and present in the UK, and how this affects our food system. We’ll be updating people about and consulting around our work on a People’s Land Policy, which is bringing together land workers, consumers, tenants, farmers and everyone else affected by our highly uneven patterns of land ownership, to start writing the policies and legislation we need to bring about…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nicolas Supiot

Katie Hastings

Chair

Rupert Dunn

Languages

English

Format

Audio

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Peasant Bakeries: Diversifying from Grain to Loaf

Nicolas Supiot is one of the most famous peasant bakers in France, often credited as the man who revived the word ‘peasant’ from its derogatory past. For this session, Nicolas will be joining Rupert Dunn from the Welsh Bakery, Torth Y Tir, to talk about his practices for taking grain from genetically-diverse landrace seed populations all the way to woodfired sourdough on his Brittany farm.

The session will focus on the key ethos, methodology and…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Helen Woodcock

Simon Platten

Ru Litherland

Chair

Steph Wetherell

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

How to Set Up and Run a Farm Start

Do you have land and want to support a new entrant to establish a business? Does your organisation want to support new entrants to access land, training and markets? Perhaps you’re already involved in running a Farm Start or an Incubator Farm project? Come along to hear about the Farm Start model and the network being set up by the Landworkers’ Alliance with OrganicLea, The Kindling Trust and Tamar Grow Local.

This session will feature…

Keynote

Speakers

Leah Penniman

Chair

Samra Mariam

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF, Video

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, Black farmers experience discrimination and marginalisation worldwide. Author, activist, farmer and founder of Soul Fire Farm in New York, Leah Penniman is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programmes such as the Black-Indigenous Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare delivery programme, and reparations work, Soul Fire Farm is…

Farm Practice

Speakers

George Young

Christine Watson

Katie Bliss

Chair

Josiah Meldrum

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Fixing the Benefits of Pulses in Crop Rotations

Pulses have historically formed a key part of crop rotations. They deliver a large range of beneficial agroecosystem services including nitrogen fixation and habitat for pollinators and natural enemies. As such, diversifying rotations with pulses can enhance system productivity.

Moreover, with increasing demand for plant-based protein, there is a growing potential market for UK-grown pulses. However, growing pulses is considered inherently risky and farmers face several challenges in production and marketing.

This session will get…