Now is a good time to take a fresh look at organic farming as a realistic and viable business option. The new, favourable Countryside Stewardship support rates for organic farming in England, together with a recovering market, means that the time is right. The Organic Research Centre has put together a programme of seminars aimed at farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. These seminars aim to introduce the principles and practices of organic farming, alongside up-to-date market and business information, to enable attendees to evaluate the options.
On-line booking is available on each event page. Alternatively, you can register directly and pay by cheque, BACS or credit card by contacting Gillian Woodward.
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 for each event and send to Gillian Woodward at ORC. You can still register and pay on-line.
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 Woodward with details of your address, age and circumstances to check eligibility.