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The Organic Research Centre introduces the Young Organic Farmer/ Grower of the Year Award 2021


Are you, or do you know, a forward-thinking, innovative young organic farmer or grower who is passionate about implementing organic principles, has proven the ability to inspire others and deserves recognition for their work? 

ORC, the UK’s leading independent organic research organisation, continually aspires to develop innovative solutions that enhance the changing farming/growing landscape and grow its network in the agricultural community.

To encourage the emergence of a new generation of organic farmers/growers, we have created a new annual award: ‘The Young Organic Farmer/Grower of the Year’, which will be launched in 2021 to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The winner of the award will be presented with a donated prize of £1,500.

Nominations are now sought for an individual who is:

  • Young – nominees should be between 18-40 years old
  • Organic – nominations should centre around the adoption of organic principles even though the nominee may not be producing or working with organically certified produce
  • Farmer/grower – nominees should be working in and for the organic community; they may be employed by farmers/growers or organisations within the sector even if they do not class themselves as farmers.

For further details see our Terms and Conditions within our nomination form here

Nominations

Nominations can be made by completing a simple form which can be downloaded from our website here and submitted by email to YOFY@organicresearchcentre.com. The form will ask nominators to explain why they feel that their nominee should be named as Young Organic Farmer/Grower of the Year, referencing their commitment to organic principles and their ability to innovate and drive change, as well as demonstrating the ability to inspire and lead others.    

The Winner

The winner of the award will be selected through a small panel convened by the ORC to include members of the ORC team, Trustees and members of the farming/growing community.  The panel may also choose to award commendations to further nominees.

All shortlisted nominees and their nominators will be invited to the ORC celebratory event to be held on 30th September 2021 at FarmED, Chipping Norton, Oxon, where the winner will be announced and the presentation made.

The ORC will use the event to generate press and PR activity and will call on the winner and shortlisted nominees to participate in this.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do nominees have to have demonstrated applying organic principles for? 

This award is intended to celebrate those who have demonstrated their commitment to organic principles.  There is no required length of time that they should have done this for, we understand that those who are younger may have had less time to demonstrate examples of their work – it is about quality rather than quantity!

How should nominees prove their leadership skills?

This award is aimed at those who motivate and inspire others – they may have the passion and determination to achieve results by work quietly but consistently behind the scenes, or they may be leading advocates across the community.  Overall we are looking for an individual whose work is respected and admired.

If I nominate myself, does this application have to be seconded by a nominator?

No – if you choose to nominate yourself then you do not have to have your application seconded by a nominator – just leave that section of the nomination form blank.

Does this prize cover all farming/growing systems e.g. arable, livestock, garden, mixed?

Yes – all farming/growing systems can be included – as long as they operate to organic principles

How many nominees will be shortlisted?

The number of shortlisted nominees will depend on the number and quality of applications received.  Once the list is confirmed, those who have been shortlisted will be contacted at the beginning of September and formally invited (along with their nominator if applicable) to the event on 30th September 2021.

Is the competition only open to individuals or partners?

This competition is open to individuals.  If they work in partnership with others then they can be referenced in the nomination form.

What can I expect if I am nominated?

All applications will be reviewed by the judging panel.  Dependent on the quantity and quality of applications, shortlisted candidates may be contacted for a short interview to help with the judging process.

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If you have any questions not answered above please contact us by email on YOFY@organicresearchcentre.com

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