Oxford Crofting

This year we were invited to share the work we have been doing at Lynbreck at one of the biggest farming conferences in the UK, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). Our expenses were covered by the Nature Friendly Farming Network, a new charity that we are members of that seeks to represent a growing community of farmers who put nature at the core of their rural business.

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Crofter Lynn (NFFN Scotland) with Tony Henfron (NFFN Wales), Martin Lines (NFFN UK Chair) and Jon Andrews (NFFN England)

The ORFC was formed 10 years ago as a fringe event to the more traditional, established Oxford Farming Conference. In that short period of time it has now grown in size to become the largest of the 2 conferences. It brings together all food growers celebrating everything from smallholdings and community farms, biodynamic and permaculture to much larger commercial farming units.

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This was a talk by Ridgedale Permaculture – a farm in Sweden which farms with nature and is impressively profitable!

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Pasture for Life and Woodland Trust ran some great talks on agroecology and agroforestry

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Our NFFN chair even contributed to a session on farming and rewilding

We talked at a session called ‘Farming Green puts you in the Black’. We explained how we have started up a small scale croft business where we use farming with nature to produce and sell our meat, eggs and occasional veg at a true price direct to people in our community. We talked about how we advocate healthy environment = healthy food = healthy people.

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Even Michael Gove was keen to hear what we have to say

We’re only just at the start of our business journey but it was an honour to be invited to the conference and an inspiration to meet so many fantastic farmers doing amazing things throughout the UK, supplying nutritious food to their local communities.

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Bundles of tree hay!

Our take home message?

Food is all about farming

Farming is all about people

People are all about nature

 

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One thought on “Oxford Crofting

  1. So proud of you two when are you coming to see us xxx

    On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 at 18:50, Farming with Nature for Healthy land and living wrote:

    > Lynbreck Croft posted: “This year we were invited to share the work we > have been doing at Lynbreck at one of the biggest farming conferences in > the UK, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). Our expenses were > covered by the Nature Friendly Farming Network, a new charity that” >

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