28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Advice and education

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Our advice and education work is part of our wider information programme (see also Events and Information and publications).

The aim of our business-oriented work is to communicate organic principles and best practice and to disseminate technical and market information to producers, consultants, food businesses and others, so as to improve both business performance and the delivery of public goods (climate change, animal welfare, biodiversity etc.). We do this through:

  • small and large group training and demonstration events, including our annual organic producer conferences, and engagement with the Farmers Organic Research Club
  • publications such as the ORC Bulletin and the Organic Farm Management Handbook
  • working with producers and other to facilitate the sound development of the organic sector primarily in the UK but also internationally
  • developing the Institute of Organic Training and Advice (IOTA) to ensure consistency of knowledge and delivery across the organic advisory sector
  • promoting the use of IOTA accredited advisors as the primary source of sound organic advice
  • since April 2012, IOTA has merged with ORC and we are no longer offering one to one consultancy and advice as a commercial service

Our wider public-oriented education and public relations programme aims to educate and inform students, school children, consumers and civil society more generally about the issues affecting the sustainability of primary food/energy/fibre production and to engage with the media on relevant food, farming and sustainability issues.

The information programme is co-ordinated by Dr Bruce Pearce, Senior Programme Manager, with support from Mark Measures, Director of IOTA.

Advice and education areas

Consultancy and advice

Thinking about converting?

Institute of Organic Training and Advice

Training and demonstration

Organic Centre Wales

Sector support

Schools and colleges

Trans-atlantic partnership

Community initiatives



Recent articles

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Funds to plant trees: New scheme targets organic farms More...

OCW holds Welsh CSA event: Networking opportunity in BOBL project More...

IOTA Nutrient Budgeting Workshop planned: October event to examine nutrient budgeting tools... More...

European STOAS project starts: New project supports advisor sustainability training More...

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