Team profile
Phil Sumption

Phil Sumption

“Organic research matters to me because organic farming and organic farmers matter! Farming and biodiversity have to co-exist and organic farming is the best way of achieving that. I have been an organic grower and know the importance of reliable technical information and how difficult it can be to find. It has been my mission to bridge the gap between research and practice and make organic knowledge accessible to organic producers, advisers and others”

Job title:

Research Communications (freelance)

Academic qualifications:

  • B.Sc (Honours) in Rural Environment Studies – Wye College, University of London

Role and responsibilities:

Editor and designer of ORC Bulletin, ORC E-Bulletin and ORC social media accounts. Content manager for ORC website (archive).

Collating and preparing information for publication in the form of briefing notes, factsheets, technical guides, bulletins, webpages, website news items and press releases to a wide range of target audiences, including producers, food businesses, advisers, researchers and policy-makers.

Research projects

Research interests:

Organic horticultural systems, weeds, pests and diseases, seeds, varieties and plant breeding.

Interests outside of ORC:

Editor of The Organic Grower, The Organic Growers Alliance OGA’s quarterly journal.

Director of Biodynamic and Organic Plant Breeding and Seeds Limited, trading as Seed Co-operative.



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