Today would have been the first day of the inaugural Oxford Real Farming Conference in the Field event and we’d have been welcoming 150 delegates to experience FarmED for the first time. Building on the sessions from this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference, ‘In the Field’ is designed to dive deeper into the practical application of agroecology and regenerative agricultural techniques.
We’ve rescheduled the event to 30th June -1st July next year, and we’re putting this extra planning time to good use, scheduling in a series of workshops, talks, discussions and knowledge exchange. Watch this space!
In the meantime, we’re delighted to announce two guests who are already confirmed.
Courtney White, from New Mexico, is the author of Grass, Soil, Hope and Two Percent Solutions for the Planet. A former archaeologist, he dropped out of the ‘conflict industry’ in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. Courtney worked with Gabe Brown on Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.
We’re also planning a special evening campfire feast with Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, conservationist, song collector and broadcaster, Sam Lee, who will be telling stories and singing songs connected to nature and the land. Sam plays a unique role in the British music scene, using music to promote his love of the natural world. His annual sell-out ‘Singing With Nightingales’ immersive experiences take place every spring and have helped to highlight the threat to endangered species. Sam played a key role in the RSPB campaign to highlight this issue with ‘Let Nature Sing’ a recording Sam composed entirely of bird song which made it to the top 20 in the UK music charts.
If you purchased a ticket for this year’s event and chose to roll it over to next year, your place is already confirmed. Booking for ORFC in the Field 2021 is not yet open but you can sign up to our newsletter to receive updates.