31 July 2019
Best in class

Irish organic farming student wins top prize

31 July 2019
HAWL bursaries

Bursaries offered for three-day homoeopathy courses



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Arable strand

Farmer principles of health (ORC)


Gemma Clarke of Cope Seeds

Our Health Networks project has worked with farmer groups in Germany, Austria and the UK to establish what personal principles and strategies organic farmers have developed to increase the health of their farms.
Chair: Anja Vieweger (ORC)

Breeding for organic arable, which way forward? (ORC)

How to boost the availability of organic varieties in a sector reliant on varieties bred for conventional systems and inputs? New perspectives on the role of genetic diversity, the traits of interest and the involvement of farmers in organic breeding programmes.
Chair: Bruce Pearce (ORC)

  • Gemma Clarke (Cope Seeds): Our experiences with organically bred material and plans going forward
  • Edith Lammerts van Bueren (Louis Bolk Institute): Organic crop breeding: advances and challenges
  • Arable weed surgery (OK-Net Arable)

    A range of arable weed experts will be available to advise farmers about addressing weed problems. At the end we will draw together with the experts the key questions and potential solutions raised during the session.
    Chair: Ambrogio Costanza (ORC)
    Facilitation: Katie Bliss (ORC)

    Diversifying arable systems (ORC)

    Diversity at all levels is key for resilient farming and food systems. How to translate this into practice ? First results from the DIVERSIFOOD EU project on forgotten and underutilised species and on intercropping.
    Chair: Sophie Alexander (Hemsworth Farm)

    Silvo-arable agroforestry (Woodland Trust)

    The latest practical guidance on setting up a successful silvo-arable agroforestry system.
    Chair: Jo Smith (ORC)

    Summary of strand