Business and markets strand
How is the market doing and how can we improve the data available to producers?
Chair: Susanne Padel (ORC)
- Paul Moore (OTB): Understanding the organic consumer
- Finn Cottle (Soil Association): UK organic market performance - ‘healthy growth’
Funding new entrants – new opportunities for financial support (ORC)
Small-scale producers, including many new entrants to farming and growing, face challenges raising finance because of their lack of track record or sufficient scale to reassure lenders of financial viability. In many cases, small-scale producers are also not able to access government grants. However, other funding options are becoming available.
Chair: Simon Crichton (Triodos Bank)
- Vincent Mears (Treddafydd farm): Treddafydd Farm and the Dean Organic Trust
- Amy Willoughby (Plotgate CSA): Making Plotgate CSA happen – how we got the funding
The bread line – exploring food pricing (LWA)
The age of cheap food has increased both food security for the poorest people in our society and the disposable income for everyone else. But does the cost of food today even reflect the true cost of production and how do we balance farmers’ rights to earn a living from sustainable agriculture with everyone’s right to affordable food?
Chair: Rebecca Laughton (Landworkers’ Alliance)
- Humphrey Lloyd (Edible Futures/ LWA): Exploring the politics of food pricing
- Lynne Davis (Open Food Network): Creating greater equality between producers, processors and retailers
Small is adaptable (LWA)
There is a belief that in hard economic times, small farmers have the edge over larger ones because they are more flexible, have lower costs and have less capital invested in specialist systems. Using the findings from the ‘A Matter of Scale’ study of small farm productivity, Rebecca Laughton will scrutinise the argument, followed by a presentation from Ashley Wheeler of Trill Farm Market Garden, providing an example of a small farm that has adapted to marketing opportunities in a coastal area.
Chair: Rachel Harries (Soil Association)
- Rebecca Laughton (Tamarisk Farm/LWA): A matter of scale − What do the results of the LWA small farms productivity survey tell us about the adaptability of small farms?
- Ashley Wheeler (Trill Farm): A one hectare livelihood
The challenges of securing organic supplies in a growing market (ORC)
The session illustrated with practical examples how cooperation has helped a retailer to find solutions.
Chair: Bruce Pearce (ORC)
- Richard Kempsey and Katharine Dennis: The challenges of securing organic supplies in a growing market