ELC sessions at The Oxford Real Farming Conference


We’ll be at ORFC again in January involved in a number of sessions, come along and say hello and find out more about our work. 

We have land to farm - who wants it?
1:30pm, Day 2 - 9th jan
St Aldates tavern

Are you thinking about applying to be a farmer with the Ecological Land Cooperative? Come to this Q&A session to get a better understanding of what’s on offer and meet the ELC team. We have plots available at our sites in East Sussex, South Somerset, Gower and Cornwall for passionate landworkers and ecological entrepreneurs to create a small farm with residential planning permission. Some understanding of our model and entry requirements is important for this session so please take time to read the information available here.

Overcoming Planning Barriers
4pm, Day 1 - 8th Jan
The Old Library

Small-scale farmers and growers face significant planning barriers when establishing rural businesses, which lead to huge financial and emotional costs. These range from struggles to gain permission for agricultural workers’ dwellings, to enable them to live on their farm, to having to compete with the elevated prices of farm buildings brought about by Class Q Permitted Development Rights, which allow a landowner to convert barns into up to three market dwellings. This session will look at barriers from a farmer’s perspective, and some solutions to these challenges, both in terms of practical actions and proposals for policy change.

Small Farm Finances
9am, Day 2 - 9th jan
The Old Library

Making a viable living from farming is no easy thing.  Come and hear from four farmers and growers about the business models enabling them to make a livelihood from the land.

Inspiring a new kind of agricultural economy, speakers for this session all agree on the need for small and medium scale farms to produce healthy, good and diverse food for localised markets. Each of the speakers will present approaches that illustrate how small farms can fare both ecologically and economically. As UK agriculture enters an uncertain future, the need for resilient businesses demonstrating enlightened agriculture is needed now more than ever.

Check out the full programme here. Even if you didn't manage to get a ticket follow us on twitter #ORFC20 or they'll be video recordings released of some of the sessions afterwards.