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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

Judith Hitchman

Tom O’Kane

Florent Sebban

Chair

Suzy Russell

Languages

English, Français

16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

CSA and COVID-19: A Resilient Model?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has played a critical role in feeding local communities during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has highlighted the weaknesses and gaps in our global food production and distribution systems. In contrast, smaller more local farms and direct sales models are being celebrated as more resilient and veg box customer numbers soared in 2020.

Join this session to hear from CSA farmers in Europe and the global CSA movement Urgenci, about the…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Dan Kittredge

Gillian Butler

Elizabeth Westaway

Chair

Sally Bell

Languages

English, Français

16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Growing Food for Nutrition: Prioritising Nutritional Quality in Nature-Friendly Farming Practices for Better Citizen Health

The importance of local, fresh, seasonal, healthy, sustainable food has gathered momentum, stimulated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the need for food of high nutritional quality has yet to be widely recognised.

We are increasingly aware of the links between the heath of our soil and nutrient content of the food we produce. In this session, we will explore such questions as: Has the decline in soil fertility led to poor nutritional quality food? And…

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Richard Gantlett

Dr Patrick MacManaway

Chair

Dr Julia Wright

Languages

English

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Subtle Agroecologies: Farming with the Hidden Half of Nature

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 100 (Full)

Subtle but powerful, this workshop addresses the inevitable next big step in the evolution of sustainable agriculture. Grounded in the indigenous worldviews and experiences of farmers and food gathers over millennia, it explores how we can reclaim our co-creative relationship with nature through working with subtle energies in non-physical realms.

Julia Wright will chair this workshop and provide an introductory overview based on the forthcoming publication on this…

Farm Practice
Keynote

Speakers

Richard Perkins

Chair

Lucy Ford

Languages

English, Español

17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

CANCELLED: No Time Like Now: Regenerative Farming

**Many apologies, this session has now been cancelled due to ill health.**

Richard Perkins is an innovative farmer, educator and the author of the widely acclaimed manual Regenerative Agriculture. He is also the co-owner of Ridgedale Farm in Sweden where he teaches farm-scale permaculture. His blogs have been viewed more than 9 million times and he has over 100,000 Youtube subscribers for his live trainings and online courses.

Richard spent 2020, talking with past students…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Mambud Samai

Chair

John Meadley

Languages

English

17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

The Healing Role of Farming in Rebuilding Rural Lives After Conflict

Being able to farm and to feed one’s family is fundamental to rebuilding the lives of rural people traumatised by conflict. For the physically disabled this was considered near impossible, but a new farming venture in Sierra Leone is changing that perception.

Already one of the world’s poorest countries, Sierra Leone was devastated by an eleven-year civil war in which tens of thousands of people died and many more thousands had limbs amputated. In 2014,…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Tero Mustonen

Mariana Gomez Soto

Fidelma O’Kane

Chair

Hannibal Rhoades

Languages

English, Español

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

We Can’t Eat Gold: Defending Lands and Waters from Mining Destruction

Competition for land and water around the world is growing due to surging global demand for minerals and metals critical to transitions in the energy, industry and military sectors. Mining corporations and states are on a collision course with their own citizens, and with farming and fishing communities in particular.

In this session we will hear from community representatives on the frontlines of struggles in Finland, Colombia and Ireland to prevent mining from destroying…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Alessandro Santos Mariano

Edgar Xochitl

Clare Riesman

Paula Gioia

Chair

Tiffani Patton

Languages

English, Português

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Gender Diversity and Ecology

A world of possibilities opens up when you forgo the hetero-normative binary. How can we transform agriculture and our food systems when we look at it through the lens of queer ecology and gender diversity? We’ll hear from food producers around the world who are challenging the heteronormative status quo, and, in doing so, are changing the way we think and interact with the natural world.

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Kelly Mulville

Languages

English

18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Mimicking Nature in Wine Farming: Is It Possible to Drink Ourselves out of this Mess?

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

Designing wine farming to mimic healthy ecosystems has created resilience to the vagaries of climate change, labour shortages and continuous increases in costs of production. Holistically designed vineyards function primarily off of solar energy by using adaptive grazing during any season. Soils remain covered throughout the year, tillage is eliminated, biodiversity and soil carbon can significantly increase while tractor use (fossil fuels), labor, water and fertility inputs can be…

Keynote

Speakers

Tom Philpott

Chair

Ella McSweeney

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Perilous Bounty: How the US Model of Industrial Farming Threatens the Global Food Commons

In his talk, Tom Philpott will discuss his new book The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It, which argues that the US model of chemical-intensive, regionally concentrated agriculture is undermining the ecologies the two main places where it alights: the California Central Valley and the corn belt, centered around Iowa. He'll put the argument in a global context, explaining that the same set of transnational meat, grain-trading, and seed/pesticide companies…