19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Horticulture strand

Getting to grips with the cost of production (OGA)


Growers discuss costings in small groups

This workshop was intended to be a first step towards defining the kinds of data that will be most useful for growers. What costs are important to you for different crops and how can we create easy ways to compare costs between growers?
Chair: Ben Raskin (Soil Association)

GREATsoils (ORC/Soil Association)

Results from the first year of GREATsoils grower trials, comparing different soil assessment methods in 6 horticultural systems. A clear priority of the growers was soil organic matter improvement and increasing soil life through the use of green manure.
Chair: Dominic Amos (ORC)

Seed growing as an enterprise (OGA)

A look at the economics and practicalities of growing seed for sale and how best to fit seed production into your system.
Chair: Jason Horner (Leen Organics/Irish Seed Savers Association)

Potatoes post-copper (OGA)

What is the future of organic potato production without copper? We look at the latest in potato breeding for blight resistance, plus cultural methods to minimise impact.
Chair: Tony Little (Sustainable Farming Consultancy)

Keeping the soil in organic (OGA)

Can hydroponic systems ever be compatible with organic growing? We explore the issues.
Chair: Roger Hitchings (OGA)

Summary of strand