Working with partners in the UK and internationally, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) brings the real food and farming movement together every January.
ORFC attracts farmers, growers, activists, policymakers and researchers who are interested in transforming our food system. In 2021 and 2022, the conference went entirely online, but the physical gathering has traditionally been in Oxford and was set up as an alternative to the Oxford Farming Conference, which happens at the same time.
ORFC has always been the place to share progressive ideas. Subjects include agroecology, regenerative agriculture, organic farming and indigenous food and farming systems. The broad programme delves deep into farming practices and techniques as well as addressing the bigger questions relating to our food and farming system.
Crucially, it has always been the participants who provide the ORFC programme. The sessions reflect their diversity, ranging from the intricacies of soil microbiology to new kinds of marketing; setting up a micro-dairy to the value of introducing mob grazing and agroforestry to the farm; from the joys and tribulations of crofting to the kind of economic structure we need to support the kind of farming we need. It is this diversity of participants and interests that keeps ORFC alive and growing.
A call for submissions goes out in May. Find out more on the ORFC website.