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ORFC In the Field @FarmED 2021

It is time to gather again at the inaugural ORFC In the Field @FarmED

Feeling inspired by the sessions at the Oxford Real Farming Conference Global? Do you want to continue the discussion in a small group setting and share deeper knowledge in the field? Originally planned for 2020 we are delighted to regroup and relaunch the first Oxford and FarmED collaborative event.

Join us for two days of field-based application and practitioner led discussion focusing on agroecology, regenerative farming and sustainable food.

The event is hosted by FarmED, the new Centre for Farm and Food Education based at Honeydale Farm in the Cotswolds, and co-curated with the ORFC team.

Tickets were selling well before we were forced to cancel last summer – these tickets have been rolled over. Final bookings are now being taken.

You can choose from an exciting range of workshop sessions run by leading practitioners and advisers including John Letts, Niels Corfield, Ian Wilkinson, Suzy Russell, Becky Wilson and Edd Colbert. The sessions confirmed so far cover:

  • Heritage grains – history, growing, harvesting and use

  • Monitoring soil health in the field – methods, tools and apps

  • Measuring and reducing your farm carbon footprint

  • Creating and running a market garden and CSA venture

  • Integrating woodland into your farming system

  • Introduction to bee-keeping

  • Mushroom cultivation

  • The FarmED tour - building soil health with herb rich leys, sainfoin and cover crops

  • Field visits to local organic and Pasture for Life farms

There will also be a number of interesting and challenging guest speakers for the key-note introductions to each day.

ORFC In the Field @FarmED 2021 will also be a chance to celebrate. We will be joined by singer, folk song interpreter and passionate conservationist, Sam Lee, and we shall serve you great food.

When: Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July 2021

Where: FarmED, Honeydale Farm, Shipton Under Wychwood, OX7 6BJ

Cost: From £30 (evening only) to £175 (both days with camping)

£30 - Just the Wednesday evening event and dinner

£125 - Event access for two days with lunch both days

£145 - Event access for two days with lunch both days and the evening dinner

£175 - Event access for two days with lunch both days, the evening dinner plus camping on site

Food: Nutritious and local produced food. The celebratory dinner on the Wednesday evening will be a Pasture for Life BBQ with music and poetry.

Drinks: The Mob Graze Inn will be on site for the Wednesday evening. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available on both days.

Accommodation: A range of hotel, pub and B&B accommodation is available locally (Shipton, Burford, Chipping Norton etc.) You can also camp on site on the Tuesday and Wednesday night (bring your own breakfast).

Bursaries: We have a small number of bursaries available for those that need help with the cost of travel, attendance and accommodation. Please see the FarmED bursaries page.

Who should attend: Farmers, smallholders and growers with an interest in practical agroecology and regenerative practices including new entrants and those with experiences to share. Advisors and students.

Format: Over the two days attendees will be able to choose and participate in 3 of the 9 core workshops on offer, plus one of the farm trips. We will ask people to select their preferred sessions before arrival. Additional informal sessions and talks will run over the lunch period and in the evening. Most workshops will run more than once over the two days to minimize clashes. There will be groups of 10 to 20 people in each session ensuring an intimate and hands on experience.



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