25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



18 January 2018
OK-Net EcoFeed launched

New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers to find solutions for 100% use of organic and regional feed

17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

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



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