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

Business and markets strand

Market overview

How is the market doing and how can we improve the data available to producers?
Chair: Susanne Padel (ORC)

Funding new entrants – new opportunities for financial support (ORC)

Vincent Mears

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)

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)

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)

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)

Summary of strand