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

Wakelyns Agroforestry: Resilience through diversity

Category: News
23 January 2020

New review of the research and evidence gathered at Wakelyns where the late Prof. Martin Wolfe put his theories into practice

Wakelyns Agroforestry, surrounded by a sea of large-scale conventional arable production, is an oasis of trees, alive with bird song and insects. Integrating trees for timber, energy and fruit production into an organic crop rotation, Wakelyns was established by the late plant pathologist, Prof. Martin Wolfe, to put into action his theories of agrobiodiversity being the answer to achieving sustainable and resilient agriculture. For two decades the farm has been the focus of research into organic crop production and agroforestry. In this new review, written by Jo Smith and Sally Westaway and supported by the Woodland Trust, we summarise some of the key theories investigated and the evidence produced by Martin and fellow researchers from the Organic Research Centre.

Download Wakelyns Agroforestry: Resilience through diversity

Memorial tribute to Martin Wolfe at Oxford Real farming Conference

A memorial to Martin was staged as part of the closing plenary of the Oxford Real Farming Conference at the start of January. ORC's Bruce Pearce contributed, alongside Mark Lea of Green Acres Farm, Baker Kim Bell, the ORFCs Colin Tudge and Martinís son David Wolfe. Listen to the tributes in the audio belowand hear David Wolfe on plans to continue with Wakelyns as a hub for people to learn about agroforestry and nature friendly farming.

Keywords: agroforestry intercropping agrobiodiversity diversity

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