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

3 July 2020
Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

Interactive online seminars throughout July

29 June 2020
Benefits and challenges of herbal or diverse leys

Opportunities for farmer involvement

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Join the Organic Research Centre’s Farmer and Business Supporters’ Group

The Organic Research Centre is at the forefront of UK research on organic and other agroecological approaches to sustainable and healthy food production, including knowledge exchange and policy advocacy on behalf of organic farmers and businesses. Read our leaflet on What we do, why we do it and what we've achieved (609kb pdf file)

While much of this work is supported through project funds from the EU, governments and foundations, we rely heavily on donations from individual supporters to provide vital underpinning for our activities. Regular monthly or annual donations help us to plan ahead with greater confidence about our ability to undertake new initiatives on behalf of organic farmers and food businesses.

Will you join the growing band of farmers and businesses willing to support us like this?

We’re not just asking for your support – we’re offering something in return to say thank you!

Members of the group have:

  • The opportunity to attend the FABS annual event (next scheduled for Bradwell Grove Farm, Glos., 27 September 2017) to hear about current activities and discuss your priorities for research, information and policy initiatives1
  • Opportunities to participate in bids and funded projects;
  • Networking opportunities and events; including the OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops event which features many ORC projects;
  • Pre-publication access to research reports, technical guides, bulletin articles, conference papers and other publications, with an invitation to feedback comments where appropriate;
  • Access to the research team and a quarterly update on progress and staff news, with links to on-line resources, for each of the main areas of ORC activity2;
  • Links to and (optional) membership of relevant on-line discussion forums;
  • Discounted access to ORC conferences and events, including our annual conference;
  • Free subscriptions to ORC’s printed bulletin, monthly e-bulletins and the Organic Farm Management Handbook every two years (2017 edition now available).
"As ORC has developed in recent years, the research it is doing has become more and more relevant to questions we are asking about our soils and what kind of leys we should be growing to improve production and build up organic matter. I am very happy to support you." Jeremy Burdett, Birchpiece Farm (dairy farmer)

ORC has been a great source of strength, inspiration and knowledge for over 30 years. It is the backbone of an organic farming future. Ed Goff, Hindford Grange (dairy farmer)

ORC has played a major role in securing fairer organic support payments from Defra, recognising both the costs of organic management and the environmental benefits. John Pawsey, Shimpling Park Farm (arable farmer)

Please give us your support and sign up today!

To join the ORC FABS group, please pledge a regular annual donation (or monthly equivalent) of at least:
£100 (Supporter), £250 (Bronze), £500 (Silver), £1000 (Gold), £5000 (Platinum)
We are keen to recognise the different levels of support, but all supporters will receive the same benefits3. To pay please use the donate button on the Support us page, this can be set up as a standing order via paypal or a credit card if preferred. Alternatively contact Gillian Woodward for a standing order form.

Are you a private individual or student?

You can still support us by subscribing to the Bulletin or as a Friend of ORC

1While ORC would not be able to guarantee to undertake such work, the priorities identified would feature in attempts to secure funding, as well as in the research consultations and priority setting initiatives that ORC takes part in.

22 Plant breeding; soils and cropping systems;, livestock systems; agroforestry; environment, sustainability and health; business and markets; policy development; knowledge exchange and communication.

3For VAT purposes, £35 of the annual contribution is zero rated (publications), £25 is standard rated (events) and the remainder is a donation outside the scope of VAT. ORC’s VAT registration number is GB314 6681 59