Organic food supply chains and the environment

Event Date : February 25, 2015

With regret, we have had to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers

This seminar is for farmers and landowners, advisers and land agents, researchers, young people including students and apprentices and others involved in the food supply chain. It will be of interest to farmers considering conversion, as well as established organic farmers and growers and those involved in developing agricultural and environmental policy

Venue: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR 10 am – 4pm

The seminar will cover aspects of reconciling productivity with protection of the environment; climate change mitigation and resilience; biodiversity, soil and water conservation; and assessment of sustainability at farm level and in supply chains. Participants will gain a better understanding of the benefits of organic production within a food supply chain.

Participants will receive relevant literature on the environmental impacts of the organic farming.


Tutors: Nicolas Lampkin (NL), Jo Smith (JS), Laurence Smith (LS)

9.45 Coffee
10.00 Introduction: LS
10.15 Organic farming and Sustainable Intensification: NL
10.30 Reconciling productivity with increased biodiversity JS
11.00 Visit to ORC hedgerow and agroforestry trials: JS
11.50 Discussion
12.20 Lunch
13.20 Energy and greenhouse gases in organic supply chains: LS
13.50 Sustainability assessment: an overview of methods and the tools available: LS
14.10 Practical exercise: comparing online carbon calculators LS
15.30 Feedback and discussion
16.00 Close

Course cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included):

  • Reduced price for eligible participants (see below) £50 + VAT
  • Full price for participants not-eligible for funding £100 + VAT
  • 100% bursaries available for eligible individuals (see below)

On-line booking is available here. Alternatively, you can register directly and pay by cheque, BACS or credit card by contacting Gillian Woodward.

RDPE support available:

50% fee reduction for English producers and others obtaining a living from agriculture or agricultural products. Eligibility includes producers and employees of producer groups, supply chain businesses, direct retailers, small consultancy businesses, but not multiple retailers, government departments, agencies or public bodies including universities. Participants must be living/working in England. To benefit please download, complete and sign the Trainee Registration form (60kb pdf file) and send to Gillian Woodward at ORC. You can still register and pay on-line.

Bursaries available:

We have funds from various sources, including the Ernest Cook Trust (nationwide), the Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust (Berkshire residents only), and the Greenham Common Trust (West Berkshire residents only) to enable young people (students/apprentices/new entrants) with limited means to attend the seminars. If you think you may qualify, for any of the above bursaries please contact Gillian Woodwardwith details of your address, age and circumstances to check eligibility.

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