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.
Applications for 2023/24 are now open!
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
LAUNCH / OPEN FOR ENTRIES
15TH MAR 2024
FEB - MAR 2024
JUDGING SHORTLIST SELECTED
MAR - MAY 2024
MAY - JUNE 2024
ANNOUNCE OUTCOME TO FINALISTS
MAR - JUNE 2024
ANNOUNCE FINALISTS PUBLICLY
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT NOC (DATE TBC)
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 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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