27 September 2017
ORC FABS annual event

Members event at Bradwell Grove Farm, Glos

5 October 2017
LEAF Intercropping Workshop

Gloucestershire event - save the date



19 September 2017
Underutilised Crops

New Factsheet from DIVERSIFOOD project

19 September 2017
Seeing the bigger picture

The role of regulation in the development of organic food and farming in Europe



16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture

A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched

Agricology

Contract period: 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2018
Project webpage:www.agricology.co. uk
Main funder:The Daylesford Foundation
Contact staff at ORC: Dr Susanne Padel
Other staff involved: Dr Beth Cullen, Phil Sumption

Project aims

Agricology is a new online resource that translates scientific research in to practical advice to help farmers become more profitable and more sustainable, while protecting the environment.

Agricology aims to provide farmers with the best practical information on ecological techniques, via a website www.agricology.co. uk, on social media, and through on-farm events.

Agricology is guided by a steering group of leading figures from the worlds of agriculture and horticulture. Together, they represent a diverse range of farming principles including organic, integrated conventional, biodynamic, agroforestry and permaculture.

Topics covered by Agricology’s resources include:

  • Improving soil structure, quality and health
  • Minimising pressures of pests, diseases and weeds
  • Utilising grassland and home grown feeds for livestock
  • Reducing antibiotic use
  • Encouraging biodiversity, notably pollinators and other beneficial insects

Agricology also features inspirational farmer and grower profiles, which are designed to stimulate farmer–led innovation and help spread the word.

ORC's role

Agricology builds on ORC’s Defra-funded work to establish an ecofarming information hub. The new project will consolidate content and develop visual presentation of the hub, whilst aiming to broaden its appeal to agriculturalstudents and to non-organic farmers wishing to manage land with greater sensitivity to the environment. ORC will have overall responsibility for development of the content and has recruited a Content Manager for this role.

Project leader and partners

Agricology has been created by three partners:

  • The Daylesford Foundation supports projects in the UK that educate in the core areas of sustainable food, growing and the countryside.
  • The Organic Research Centre is the UK’s leading independent research centre for the development of organic and agroecological food production and land management solutions.
  • The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project research the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment, and share the results of this research through educational activities.