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Ethical Farming Conference

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Rainton Farm

Cream o' Galloway Visitor Centre

Gatehouse of Fleet

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Ethical Farming Conference: Scaleable Sustainable Solutions

Thursday 16th May 2019 at Rainton Farm. Conference tickets: £100 +VAT. Evening meal and ceilidh £30 +VAT. If you would prefer an invoice rather than online booking, please contact us on info@ethicalfarming.org

The industrial food producing system is broken. It is damaging our soil, our ecosystems and ourselves. We need to find ways to address the multiple challenges facing our industry. We need to do this quickly, sincerely and meaningfully. We can only achieve transformation of our industry if we work together to change it.

Traditionally the approach to addressing the complex challenges that face the food production industry has been one of compartmentalisation and intensification. Yet all are interlinked and solutions for one can often exacerbate others. These challenges are so vast and their interdependencies so complex, it can seem impossible to address them all effectively or efficiently within a single production system, and yet perhaps it is only by taking a whole-system based approach that we can begin to make headway. This integrated, ecological, regenerative approach is the basis behind the ethical farming proposition:

- Fair work for people

- High welfare for livestock

- Environmentally regenerative closed-loop production

- Sustainable circular economies

Ethically produced food is an important emerging market. Consumers want our industry to find solutions. The Ethical Farming Conference is an opportunity to bring together ethical and sustainable innovators, both practice-based and academic.

Programme:

8am - 9.30am

Pre conference breakfast courtesy of Rude Health. Farm tours.

9.30am-10am

Welcome and opening speeches.

10am-11.30am Pasture Management, Soil, Organic Carbon & Biodiversity

Speaker: Emry Birdwell & Deborah Clark, regenerative farmers from Texas. Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Pete Ritchie of Nourish Scotland. Speakers will include Prof Christine Watson of SRUC, Denise Walton of Peelham Farm and UK based regenerative farmer Rob Richmond.

11.30am-12noon

Coffee break

12noon-1pm Animal Welfare

Presentations from Dr Angela Wright of CiWF and PFLA, Prof Francoise Wemelsfelder of SRUC and Barry Davies of Rainton Farm. Followed by facilitated discussion led by Dr Kathryn Ellis of Glasgow Vet School.

1pm-2.15pm

Lunch, Drop in Lunchtime Sessions (details TBC), Farm Tours

2.15pm-3.45pm Nutrition & Social Impact

Speaker: Dr Zoë Harcombe, Nutritionist. Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Prof. Sarah Skerratt of SRUC. Speakers will include Nick Barnard of Rude Health, Mary Clear of Incredible Edibles and Charles Ellett of Rainton Farm.

4pm-5pm Public Goods & the Circular Economy

Presentations and Q&A facilitated by Jonnie Hall of NFUS. Speakers will include Patrick Holden of Sustainable Food Trust, Ruth Layton of FAI Farms and Prof Davy McCracken of SRUC. Followed by Farm Tours.

***Please note, this programme is draft and is subject to change.

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The conference will formally open at 9.30am and will close at 5pm. There will be a pre-conference breakfast courtesy of Rude Health, and there will be an optional evening meal and ceilidh at nearby GG’s Yard.

Booking for Farm Tours with David Finlay will be sent to confirmed delegates from mid-March.

The buffet lunch will showcase sustainably produced food. Vegan options will be available.

There will be opportunities to meet all four businesses co-hosting this conference. These are Mossgiel Dairy, Peelham Farm, Rainton / The Ethical Dairy and Whitmuir.

Programme updates, news and additional information will be published at www.ethicalfarming.org


FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Wilma Finlay on wilma@theethicaldairy.co.uk

What local accommodation is available?

Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet are the towns closest to Rainton Farm.

Visitor accommodation in and around Kirkcudbright is listed here: https://www.kirkcudbright.town/kirkcudbright-accommodation/

Visitor accommodation in and around Gatehouse of Fleet is listed here: http://www.gatehouse-of-fleet.co.uk/index.php/accommodation

If there is demand we are also happy to provide on-site camping facilities at Rainton Farm. If this is something that would be of interest to you please contact Wilma@TheEthicalDairy.co.uk .

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Cream o' Galloway Visitor Centre

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