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Events diary

Organic Centre Wales regularly organise and attend sector events and these are listed below.

If you know of any events relating to Organic Food and Farming that are not listed, please send us the details.

For events in England and Wales organised by other organic farming organisations see the following:

Soil Association
Organic Farmers and Growers
Institute of Organic Training and Advice (IOTA)
Organic Growers Association

Organic livestock auctions are organised regularly by:
McCartneys, Brecon 01874 622386
Welshpool Livestock Sales 01938 553438
Carmarthen 01267 236268

Revitalizing Wales' Grain Economy 26 Jan 2015 2:00 - 4:00

A meeting of the Welsh Grain Forum to plan activities for 2015 - All welcome
Location: Victoria Hall,: Bryn Rd, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7EE
Contact details: 01970 621632

Introduction to organic farming 28 Jan 2015 10:00 - 4:00

One day seminar for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain.

The course will provide an introduction to: the current state of the organic food supply chain in the UK; principles of organic crop and livestock production; organic supply chains and communication to consumers; EU regulations, UK organic standards, certification and policy support; productivity, food security, financial and environmental performance.
Course cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included): £100 + VAT.

To book, click here
Location: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR 10 am 4pm
Contact details: 0)1488 658298

Introduction to the business of organic food production 29 Jan 2015 10:00 - `16:00

This course is for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain.

This course will provide an overview of: the current market trends in organic farming and case studies of organic business and market channel options; adding value through processing, direct selling, supply chains; conversion planning and costs; EU regulations, planned changes, certification and costs; financial performance, costs and pricing factors impacting the farm, including industry benchmark figures.

Course cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included): £100 + VAT

To book, click here
Location: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR
Contact details: 01488 658298

Farming profitably in a changing climate 03 Feb 2015 9:30 - 17:00

Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit will bring together farmers, retail leaders, researchers and policy experts. Together we'll focus on effective ways to reduce farm greenhouse gas emmissions and improve farm profitability.

Come along to hear from farmers who are successfully improving farm efficiency. Find out about new reasearch and future market opportunities and challenges that will positively effect your farm business and its profitability
Location: Rural Innovation Centre, Manor Farm, Harnhill, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5PX
Contact details: 0845 4587485

Introduction to organic arable and horticultural production systems and markets 04 Feb 2015 10:00 - 16:00

Organic arable and horticultural systems: rotation design, stockless and mixed crop/livestock systems, agroforestry
Soil management and fertility building: green manures and cover crops, leys and manures
Weed, pest and disease control
Farm business financial performance and markets/supply chains for organic crops
Conversion issues
Location: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 OBW
Contact details: 0)1488 658298

Organic livestock husbandry and markets 12 Feb 2015 10:00 - 16:00

Livestock are integral to many organic farms and their health and welfare is dependent on innovative approaches to management. The course will include the management of beef, sheep, dairy, pig and poultry enterprises and cover the role of animals on organic farms; grassland management and pasture-based systems; animal health and welfare; feeding and breeding; farm business including financial performance and markets for organic livestock and their products.

The event will include a farm walk which will provide practical demonstration of organic farming methods.
Location: Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, GL7 5HF
Contact details: 0)1488 658298

Organic food supply chains and the environment 25 Feb 2015 10:00 - 16:00

The seminar will cover aspects of reconciling productivity with protection of the environment; climate change mitigation and resilience; biodiversity, soil and water conservation; and assessment of sustainability at farm level and in supply chains. Participants will gain a better understanding of the benefits of organic production within a food supply chain.
Location: rganic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR
Contact details: 0)1488 658298

Farm sustainability assessment for improved performance and customer guarantee 26 Feb 2015 10:00 - 16:00

This workshop will:
Enable farmers to understand the value of sustainability assessment as a means of setting priorities and developing their business
Inform food chain actors on the potential for providing a means of supporting their suppliers and ensuring standards of operation
Provide the tools and expertise in sustainability assessment
The workshop will provide the following:

Training in the concept of sustainable farming assessment
Training in the use of assessment tools including the ORC Farm Sustainability Tool (FAST)
Show how sustainability assessment can be used to develop and improve the farming system and practices through a practical farm example.
Explore how sustainability assessment can be used in the food chain to ensure that all suppliers are meeting certain objectives and the opportunity for supporting consumer messages.
Location: Duchy Home Farm, Broadfield Farm, Tetbury GL8 8SE
Contact details: 0)1488 658298

Improving Soil Health - Developing tools for land managers 31 Mar 2015 10:00

A two day conference for scientists and land managers to discuss these issues:
What are the characteristics of a healthy soil?
Which measures of soil characteristics link to essential soil functions?
Which measures indicate that soils have the capacity to maintain a good level of function despite
challenges arising e.g. from human use or climate change?
How can we best communicate information about soils to support decision making by land managers?
Location: The Wyndham Garden Grantham Hotel, Marston, Lincs
Contact details:, (0)2476 574998

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