The Dean Organic Fund

YOFGY – Young Organic Farmer/Grower of the Year Award

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

In 2021 ORC launched the Young Organic Farmer of the Year (YOFY) to encourage the emergence of a new generation of organic farmers and growers.

The Awards

PAST AWARD WINNERS

NOMINATION PROCESS

Are you, or do you know, a forward-thinking, innovative organic farmer/grower who is passionate about implementing organic principles, has proven strong leadership skills and deserves recognition within the organic industry?

To encourage the emergence of a new generation of organic farmers and growers we launched this award.


2023 – 24

Dates for your diary

DEC 2023

LAUNCH / OPEN FOR ENTRIES

15TH MAR 2024

ENTRIES CLOSED

FEB - MAR 2024

JUDGING SHORTLIST SELECTED

MAR - MAY 2024

VISIT FINALISTS

MAY - JUNE 2024

ANNOUNCE OUTCOME TO FINALISTS

MAR - JUNE 2024

ANNOUNCE FINALISTS PUBLICLY

JULY 2024

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT NOC (DATE TBC)


Nominations

Nominations are now sought for an individual who is:

Young – nominees should be less than 40 years old on 30th September 2022

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 – nominees should be working in and for the organic community; they may be employed by farmers or organisations within the sector even if they do not class themselves as farmers.

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 community. The panel may also choose to award commendations to further nominees.
The ORC are offering the 2023/24 YOFGY award winner a £1,500 donated cash prize.

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