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Category: Press Releases
7 January 2015

Now is a good time to take a fresh look at organic farming as a realistic and viable business option. The new, favourable Countryside Stewardship support rates for organic farming in England, together with a recovering market, means that the time is right. The Organic Research Centre has put together a programme of seminars aimed at farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. These seminars aim to introduce the principles and practices of organic farming, alongside up-to-date market and business information, to enable attendees to evaluate the options.

  1. Introduction to organic farming and food supply chains - principles and practice
    Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR
  2. Introduction to the business of organic food and farming
    Date: Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR
  3. Introduction to organic arable and horticultural production systems and markets
    Date: Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 OBW
  4. Introduction to organic livestock husbandry and markets
    Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, GL7 5HF
  5. Organic food supply chains and the environment
    Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR
  6. Farm sustainability assessment for improved performance and customer guarantee
    Date: Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10 am 4pm
    Venue: Duchy Home Farm, Broadfield Farm, Tetbury GL8 8SE

Course cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included):

  • Reduced price for eligible participants (see below) 50 + VAT
  • Full price for participants not-eligible for funding 100 + VAT
On-line booking is available on each event page. Alternatively, you can register directly and pay by cheque, BACS or credit card by contacting Gillian Woodward.

RDPE support available:

50% fee reduction for English producers and others obtaining a living from agriculture or agricultural products. Eligibility includes producers and employees of producer groups, supply chain businesses, direct retailers, small consultancy businesses, but not multiple retailers, government departments, agencies or public bodies including universities. Participants must be living/working in England. To benefit please download, complete and sign the Trainee Registration form for each event and send to Gillian Woodward at ORC. You can still register and pay on-line.

Bursaries available:

We have funds from various sources, including the Ernest Cook Trust (nationwide), the Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust (Berkshire residents only), and the Greenham Common Trust (West Berkshire residents only) to enable young people (students/apprentices/new entrants) with limited means to attend the seminars. If you think you may qualify, for any of the above bursaries please contact Gillian Woodward with details of your address, age and circumstances to check eligibility.

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Keywords: training business management supply chain food arable livestock

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