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Thu, 07 Jan


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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2021

The Oxford Real Farming Conference has developed over the last eleven years to become the unofficial gathering of the real food and farming movement in the UK.

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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2021
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2021

Time & Location

07 Jan 2021, 09:00 – 13 Jan 2021, 17:00

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About the Event

The Oxford Real Farming Conference is always a great start to the new year, and we’re pleased to be part of the Global Conference in January, 2021, with 500 speakers, 150 hours or discussion over 7 days.

FarmED’s Head of Regen Ag, Jonty Brunyee, is chairing two sessions.

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation: Using Diverse Crops to Build Soil Health

Thursday, 7 January, (13:00 - 14:00.)

Diverse crop rotations are key to a successful agroecological and regenerative food system. Innovative farmers and growers across the globe are using a range of strategies and crop mixtures to build soil health, reduce pests and weed burdens, and enhance natural capital. In this session, curated by the FarmED team, you will be introduced to the key principles of rotation and hear about the diverse cropping systems at the Rodale Institute (Pennsylvania, USA) and FarmED. An open discussion and Q&A will follow.

Joining Jonty is Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer for the Rodale Institute, where he is responsible for expanding the institute’s global influence in healing people and the planet by unlocking the transformational power of regenerative organic agriculture. He leads the development and execution of the Institute’s core strategies, overseeing opportunities for partnership and co-investment that drive positive outcomes for Rodale’s philanthropic and programmatic initiatives. Dr Nicola Cannon is Associate Professor of Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University with a specialism in low-input and organic farming systems focusing on the field of agronomy.

From Soil Health to Gut Health

Tuesday, 12 January (19:00 - 20:00)

How can we heal ourselves and the planet? Soil health and gut health are inextricably linked by the food we grow and eat so maybe the solution is right under our feet and within us. Join Dr Sally Bell, GP and functional medicine practitioner, in conversion with Alexis Sinclair, Food and Nutrition Coordinator at FarmED. Hear about Sally’s journey, the Five Foundations, and her focus on the gut biome, soil health and regenerative food and farming.  Learn more about the work at FarmED.

The Oxford Real Farming Conference has developed over the last eleven years to become the unofficial gathering of the real food and farming movement in the UK. Working with partners, the conference brings together farmers, growers, activists, policy-makers, researchers and all those who support agroecology, including organic and regenerative agriculture and indigenous systems.

Due to Covid 19 this year’s conference will be online and global.

The FarmED team will be running two conference webinar style sessions and hosting a number of gatherings and breakout sessions on the farm linked to the online event.

This event is a ‘Special’ from the FarmED Programme Menu - a flagship event and gathering.

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