OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops 2020 was due to take place at John Pawsey’s Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk on 7 July. However, in light of the Government‘s recent announcement to extend COVID-19 restrictions and given the likelihood that we will not see a sudden return to full freedom of travel for some time we have decided that our planned annual gathering of 200+ people in a barn and a marquee in July 2020 will now not go ahead. Instead, we are planning to gather digitally this year and we will revert to NOCC in its more traditional form next year, again at John Pawsey’s.
OF&G’s National Organic Combinable Crops is the largest organic farm event and one of the longest running farm conferences to be held in the UK.
Working with our partners we will be presenting a series of online events. We are grateful for support from the team at Agricology, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), the Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) with support from the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) and the National Farmers Union (NFU).
With videos of crops on the farm, conversations with leading practitioners, and discussions to be led by the NOCC chair, the renowned journalist and broadcaster Charlotte Smith we will still present insight and knowledge from successful food and farming businesses.
Highlights will include:
- No-till and min-till, involving both organic and non-organic methodologies and practice.
- New approaches to land management schemes and a look at what we can expect to see as the UK moves out of the sphere of the European CAP.
- Environmental input/output measurement systems – investigating tools now in use such as Agrecalc, Cool Farm, and FCCT.
- New food business – how do we transition some of the food and farming economy in light of climate and further possible pandemic crisis.
Our host this year, John Pawsey, will be digitally welcoming us all to his wonderful mixed farm in the East of England. We will demonstrate and discuss the work John and others are doing to help bring food systems onto a more resilient and stable footing, better able to withstand ecological and economic shocks.
Along with John and the crops research team at the ORC we will be joined by Clive Bailye of the Farming Forum and Direct Driller magazine, organic farmer and director at Organic Arable, Mark Lea, Roger Vickers of PGRO, Liz Stockdale and Phil Howell, of NIAB, agro-ecological mixed farmer and blogger, George Young and Lawrence Morden of Walnes Seeds with more details to be announced here very soon.