Changing the future of food and farming

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The Organic Research Centre is a charity and we need your help.

Support our research and you’ll help more people to farm organically to boost food security, encourage wildlife to flourish in our country side and take positive action in the climate crisis.

Why support us?

Our research has made a big difference.
We’ve made so much happen over the past forty years …

A snapshot:

pioneering research into population breeding

We’ve undertaken pioneering research into population breeding in wheat and changed the EU law on the sale of organic seeds.

We’ve worked closely with farmers to explore practical ways of increasing soil fertility.

We’ve examined how to most productively introduce trees and hedges into farm systems.

increase dairy yields

We’ve established leading organic marketing businesses in the UK, including the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCO), Organic Arable and Organic Seed Producers, giving farmers control over their markets.

We’ve made the successful case for support of organic farming, and provided Defra with guidance and all the financial payment calculations for Countryside Stewardship schemes

… and with your help we can do even more.

More work to increase wildlife diversity on our farms. More work to support farmers to switch to organic successfully. More work to bring organic techniques into mainstream farming.

"The ORC plays a vital role for farmers and growers - a valuable repository of information on low-input farming, sharing research and innovations in anything from weeding styles to wheat varieties, soil fertility and disease protocols. It’s a barometer of sanity and research-based solutions for organic farmers like me, and I’m very happy to support it."

Sophie Alexander, Organic Farmer, Hemsworth Farm

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2020-09-09T10:47:16+01:00

Sophie Alexander, Organic Farmer, Hemsworth Farm

"The ORC plays a vital role for farmers and growers - a valuable repository of information on low-input farming, sharing research and innovations in anything from weeding styles to wheat varieties, soil fertility and disease protocols. It’s a barometer of sanity and research-based solutions for organic farmers like me, and I’m very happy to support it."
"The Organic Research Centre gave us the confidence to farm in a new way without chemicals that was way ahead of its time and we have continued to look to them to guide our direction of travel and challenge our thinking."

David Wilson, Farm Manager, Duchy Home Farm

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2020-09-09T10:47:47+01:00

David Wilson, Farm Manager, Duchy Home Farm

"The Organic Research Centre gave us the confidence to farm in a new way without chemicals that was way ahead of its time and we have continued to look to them to guide our direction of travel and challenge our thinking."
"We have worked with the ORC to disseminate evidence and advocate the benefits of agroforestry within UK agriculture. As the interest in agroforestry from land managers grows, the ability or ORC to provide answers which are relatable to practical solutions is valuable and supports the work of the Woodland Trust's 'Trees for your Farm' scheme."

Helen Chesshire, Lead Farming Advocate, Woodland Trust

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2020-09-09T11:06:30+01:00

Helen Chesshire, Lead Farming Advocate, Woodland Trust

"We have worked with the ORC to disseminate evidence and advocate the benefits of agroforestry within UK agriculture. As the interest in agroforestry from land managers grows, the ability or ORC to provide answers which are relatable to practical solutions is valuable and supports the work of the Woodland Trust's 'Trees for your Farm' scheme."
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Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

If you’re a working for a charitable trust or you’d like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your will, or for any other fundraising queries, please call Lubna or Sarah on 01488 658 298

Lubna Arif-Schmidt
Supporter Engagement Manager
Sarah Barrett
Supporter Engagement Administrator