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.
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.
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.
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.
Our take home message?
Food is all about farming
Farming is all about people
People are all about nature