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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

Corinne Cariad

Holly Tomlinson

Sam Robinson

Jane Powell

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Update: Welsh Food and Farming

Wales has a forward-looking government with sustainability high on the agenda. It is small enough for individuals and projects to make a difference, big enough for economies of scale, and diverse in its landscapes and culture. It has several innovative pieces of legislation that could support a transition to fairer and more environmentally sustainable farming and food production, if political authority and public support can be mobilised to link them together. However, there is still…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Helen Browning

Charles Ellett

Pete Ritchie

Chair

Dan Crossley

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Only the Best: What Does ‘Best Impact’ Livestock, Meat and Dairy Look Like?

Livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption have potentially important roles in future sustainable food systems. While acknowledging ‘less and better’ meat and dairy shifts, how can we celebrate contributions that good livestock farming can make, so we can transition towards UK livestock production being ‘only the best’. We’ll explore what this looks like, from farmers’ perspectives, across four aspects – health, environment, animal welfare and fairness.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Anne Stobart

Steven Newman

Chair

Ben Raskin

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Agroforestry: Expanding the Vision

Farmers and landowners searching for a new challenge may want to look beyond the usual suspects when choosing what trees to plant in a new agroforestry system. There are huge untapped markets, either for substituting imports or for developing new products and export opportunities.

Last year’s conference explored the potential in the organic herb market. But nuts, medicinal trees, replacing farm inputs, building materials and even plastic replacements are also big opportunities for UK growers.…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Michael Antoniou

Lawrence Woodward

Claire Robinson

Chair

Pat Thomas

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Strategies for Getting to Grips with Genome Editing

This meeting will build on the previous days session on genome editing and report on technical, policy and valuesbased exchanges between researchers, policy makers, producers and citizens. Coordinated by Beyond GM and GM Watch, it will encourage an exchange of views and ideas with the aim of building technical, policy, regulatory and political strategies for the organic and agroecological movements to protect themselves from any unwanted impacts of the push for a genome editing revolution.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Audrey Litterick

Adam Bartkowski

Fred Bonestroo

Chair

Ben Raskin

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Farmers Researching the Wonders of Woodchip

Farmers are developing an abundance of innovative uses for woodchip. From using its pharmaceutical qualities as an alternative to fungicide in orchards to its use in improving soil health, suppressing weeds and even as livestock bedding. Through the Innovative Farmers programme, practical on-farm research is allowing farmers to investigate the many benefits of this versatile material. Join us to hear from a panel of pioneer farmers, orchard managers and researchers and find out about three…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Chloe Maclaren

Nicola Cannon

Mike Mallett

Chair

Sarah Cook

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Future of Agroecological Weed Management

This session will explore the future of weed management – integrating an ecological and technological perspective. Chloe Maclaren will share the latest developments in weed ecology and new insights into the potential for more weed resilient systems. Nicola Cannon will delve into the role of technology and the latest innovations for non-chemical weed control - exploring the challenges and the trade-offs. We will then explore how to make this work in practice with Mike Mallett…

Workshop

Speakers

Charlie Clutterbuck

Heidi Saxby

Lydia Medland

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Weathering the Farm / Worker Relationship

This session will explore waged work in farming, horticulture and market gardening. What matters in farm work? What is a fair relationship for farm workers and employers? How can migrant workers be supported by employers and the agroecology movement? Drawing on recent research and experiences we’ll explore these questions in the session: How can workers’ wellbeing be supported? What is needed to support employers? How might Brexit change things? What role should we play? The…

Workshop

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Everything You Want to Know About CSAs

Everything you wanted to know about setting up and running a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project - or making an existing one even better. This is a practical session to answer questions and get you started. Participants will be able to rotate between groups led by experienced individuals, picking and choosing the topics they’re most interested in and being able to discuss and ask questions in smaller groups. Topics include creating a founding group and…

Farm Practice

Speakers

Gabriel Kaye

Julia Wright

Janus Bojesen Jensen

Laurence Smith

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

The 5-Fold Bottom Line: Viability at all levels? A Case Study of Four Biodynamic Farms

This session looks at four Demetercertified farms and asks whether they are healthy, resilient examples of respectful agroecological farming where nature as well as farm and people thrive. Key findings from research conducted using the Public Goods Farm Assessment Tool, with additions for biodynamic farming, will be presented by the research team. They will provide assessments of the four farms in terms of sustainability, viability and vitality at soil, plant, animal, human and social/spiritual levels.