National Organic Cereals 2013

02 July 2013 09:00 - 02 July 2013 17:30

Mark and Liz Lea’s Green Acres Farm near Shifnal, Shropshire

National Organic Cereals is the UK’s largest one-day event dedicated to organic farming. It draws an audience made up of existing organic producers, those with an interest in finding out more about the opportunities in the sector, as well as experts and suppliers from across organic food and farming.

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The day consists of practical, focused presentations, plenty of time to view the seed trials drilled especially for the event and to wander the extensive trade stands, as well as an organic, sit-down lunch for all ticket holders.

The 2013 event will be held on Mark and Liz Lea’s Green Acres Farm near Shifnal, Shropshire, on July 2.

Mark and Liz produce a number of organic cereals, make compost from local authority collected green waste and run a herd of organic Hereford cattle.
Farm walk at National Organic Cereals 2012

The farm walk and crop trials are one of the most popular features of the event

They include educational access as part of their farm management plan and have a large amount of school visits to the farm – 52 in the last year!

It is a very interesting and diverse farm business with a number of points that will be of keen interest to organic arable farmers and associated businesses. It is well located being in the Midlands region, near to a motorway and easy to find (see the map link above).

A great speaker line-up for 2013 includes Michael Marriage of Doves Farm. Charlotte Smith, of BBC Radio 4′s Farming Today, will chair the panel discussions and the farm walk will take in aspects including agri-environment schemes, seed varieties and practical demonstrations. The use and benefits of compost and digestate from AD will also be under discussion once again by popular demand.

It’s a valuable and popular day out that has become a firm fixture in the organic calendar with delegates coming from around the UK and across the European Union.

ALSO THIS YEAR delegates have the chance to win a full soil chemistry test plus one full microbiology test with 15% discount for one year after submitting your first sample – courtesy of Laverstoke Park Laboratories.

NOC is subject to strong demand for places each year and, while we try to accomodate everyone who wants to attend, there is a natural limit to available space and catering, so please ensure to book straight away if you wish to attend.

For more details or to enquire about taking a trade stand please contact Steven Jacobs at the Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd office, on 01939 291800, or write to arable@organicfarmers.org.uk
Practical and focused presentations are a hallmark of the National Organic Cereals events.

Practical and focused presentations are a hallmark of the National Organic Cereals events.
Key features of the day

  •     Seed varieties demonstration courtesy of Organic Seed Producers
  •     Moisture meter clinic in association with Organic Arable
  •     Machinery demonstration courtesy of Garford Farm Machinery Ltd
  •     Very latest grain market data from Saxon Organic
  •     Presentations from experienced specialists including organic agronomy, compost and digestate use, the supply chain and more
  •     Conservation management with experienced specialists from the RSPB, Natural England and the Woodland Trust
  •     Wide variety of trade stands and machinery on display
  •     Guided farm walk, with particular attention to the crop varieties demo
  •     Refreshments for everyone throughout the day with an organic breakfast and organic lunch (British organic 100% beef)

    Comments from NOC12 delegates

    “I come every year and always get a lot out of it.”

    “Specifically organic and hugely relevant.”

    “Positive and progressive day.”

    “Good concise information.”

    “Excellent.”

    “I learned a lot from other farmers as we went round the trials – as much in fact as I learned from seeing the trials themselves. A good day. A good event. Keep it up.”

    “Very well organised day. The crop trials were impressive and well presented. A great representation of organic farming.”

We are delighted this year that we have the generous support of the NFU. We are also very proud to again have the backing of Waitrose, which has been a tremendous and consistent sponsor of this event over the years, and for 2013 we’re really pleased to welcome a new partnership with respected organic bakers, Nicholas & Harris and are grateful for the backing of all of our other supporters, who you see listed on this page.



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