2014 ORC Organic Producers' Conference
Intensive Sustainability or Sustainable Intensification - which way forward for organic farming?
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2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook
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New projects starting at the Organic Research Centre
Agroforestry for Europe (AGFORWARD)
The Organic Research Centre is working with 26 partners from across 23 European countries to promote agroforestry practices in Europe that will advance sustainable rural development, i.e. improved competitiveness and social and environmental enhancement. ORC will develop participatory research and development networks centred on silvopoultry systems (such as Woodland Egg producers) and silvoarable systems within the UK. We will also be collecting data from our own agroforestry research sites to model impacts on yields and ecosystem services at a field, farm and landscape scale. We will develop policy recommendations and tools for farmers and advisors.More...
Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)
The Organic Research Centre is leading a European-wide project to support the development of plant breeding focused on the needs of organic producers. Funded through the CORE Organic II Eranet, with Defra providing the financial support for ORC and other UK work, the project aims to improve seed quality and health, promote genetic and crop diversity, and encourage the adoption of suitable materials by organic producers. More...
Towards Eco-energetic Communities
The aim of this project is to demonstrate that local short chain systems using biomass from landscape elements for local energy or heat production are economically feasible. Through realizing these short chain systems and bringing together experiences from different partners and regions in North Western Europe, we want to demonstrate that this currently unused biomass from landscape elements can contribute to local sustainable energy production, with respect to ecological, social and cultural aspects. ORC will work with farmers, land owners and the local community to develop a pilot energy co-operative using woody biomass from local landscape elements. This project has received European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IV B. More...
Ekhaga Sustainability Assessment
The overall aim of the project is to transfer the FAO SAFA guidelines into a set of societal level indicators (i.e. water quality, soil health, biodiversity) which can be used in a sustainability monitoring system of organic/ecological farms. It is intended that the indicator sets will be appropriate for labelling, policy- monitoring and farmer-decision making approaches. As project leader, ORC will engage with all areas of the project. More...
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