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The Farmerama podcast special with OF&G at the tenth National Organic Combinable Crops

Date Published: 04/08/2017

“Famed for its delicious lunches the day was alive with farmers, traders, researchers, millers and bakers exchanging ideas of how to work together to support ecological farming methods and grow and make healthy food.”

Our podcaster friends at Farmerama have dedicated an entire episode to OF&G’s tenth annual National Organic Combinable Crops event (#NOCC17) which this year was held on the Liddell family organic farm in Hampshire on 6 July 2017.

 

Featured interviews include –

Organic farmer and OF&G licensee Tim May,

“I like coming to mix with the organic farmers… its a very upbeat sort of deal.”

 

Ed Dickin, lecturer at Harper Adams,

“Today has been really useful. I’m not an organic farmer but I find I have a lot in common with organic farmers. Trying to develop shorter supply chains is the way to bring these crops forward, growing commodity crops conventionally or even organically is very difficult, we’re competing with maize production in the United States for instance and we just can’t do it.”

 

Josiah Meldrum of food business Hodmedods,

“We are part of global revolution, this is happening in the States, across Europe, we are in touch with organisations who are rethinking how we make bread, how we eat bread, where the cereal comes from, what we can do to create a more resilient longterm sustainable food system that produces nutritious, not just bread that fills you up but bread that sustains you through the day.”

 

And there is much more on the podcast including interviews with organic farmers John Pawsey and Sophie Alexander and Nuffield scholar and non-organic farmer Andrew Howard who says,

“Today I’ve had chats with millers and end users and they seem as keen as us to have variety mixtures which gives disease benefit in the crop and they seem very open-minded to doing that which for me that’s quite exciting. For intercropping to take off we need to get the end user, the customer to understand the environmental benefits.”

Our thanks to Abby Rose and the team at farmerama.