The OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops - #NOCC19

Yorkshire

3rd July 2019 at 8:30 - 4:30

The 2019 UK annual crops event for all those interested in growing cereals and pulses under agro-ecological cultivation will be held on 3 July at York Grounds. The farm is near to Hull in East Yorkshire.

Richard and Sue Thompson have kindly agreed to host this year’s event at the family farm. Richard's father Michael Thompson took the farm into organic production in 1949 and so this year will be the 70th anniversary of organic farming at York Grounds.

This year we are again welcoming Kimberley Bell of the Small Food Bakery in Nottingham to lead the catering team. Kim will be working with Yorkshire-based food businesses, Noisette and Food Circle York, and the menu will focus on examples of crops being grown on the farm.

On the day, 3 July, visitors will be able to hear from experienced members of the organic supply network and will get the opportunity to look in detail at crops being trialled on the farm.

Trial crops -

  1. Revelation
  2. Evolution
  3. Siskin
  4. Crispin
  5. Ehogold
  6. The Wakelyns Population - AKA ‘the YQ’.

The seed in the NOCC19 crop trials are in association with the Organic Research Centre as part of the Liveseed project and are provided through that project and the generosity of Cope Seeds.

Gemma Clarke of Cope Seeds said -

"Organic cereal seed is vital to properly building development in UK organics.  “A popular variety with organic growers Revelation is a reliable tall wheat resistant to lodging and with an exceptional disease resistance profile.

Ehogold is another tall wheat. We brought it over from an organic breeder in Austria along with Edelman. They both can achieve very good milling quality when grown in organic production systems."

Organic Arable will be assisting OF&G on the day. They are an independent farmer-controlled business specialising in marketing organic grains and pulses.

This year Organic Arable are celebrating their 20th Birthday and are restructuring their business.

Andrew Trump said, “We have two key objectives for our anniversary year.  Firstly, ‘Farmer Focus’, upgrading our service to our farmers in order to bring them closer to the heart of our business.  And secondly, ‘Differentiation’, better explaining to producers, customers, the organic community and organic consumers the reasons why Organic Arable is different and how this difference benefits the organic sector as a whole.

For event trade opportunities, sponsorship and general enquiries please contact Steven Jacobs at the OF&G offices.