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

Schools and Colleges

ORC staff have engaged with local schools and community groups in a number of different ways over the years. Visits to working farms can provide teachers and students with the opportunity to cover a range of National Curriculum subjects such as geography, science and technology, as well as providing the experience of field visits and working towards the requirements of citizenship. Teachers Packs and educational materials have also been developed.

Many children, from both urban and rural communities, do not have the opportunity to visit working farms to see for themselves how the food they eat is produced and to talk to the people responsible for producing that food. It is vital that they make that connection.

We aim to provide an opportunity for visitors to ask questions about working in this industry, to see in practice the links between farming and the food plates and to see the positive impacts farming can have on the environment, including landscape values.

Our site at Elm Farm is one of our primary tools for achieving our aims. It is a resource available to all, a unique balance of conservation in action and a working farm environment, including an education garden and newly established orchard with potential for school projects.

ORC staff are also available to provide talks to schools on a variety of topics relating to food, farming and the environment.

If you would like know more, please contact Roger Hitchings.