Welcome to the OFC Podcast, set to inspire, inform and challenge.
Food, poverty and farming’s position with First Love Foundation CEO,Denise Bentley. Host Sarah Mukherjee.
In this special interview, Co-founder and CEO of First Love Foundation, and National Food Strategy Advisory panel member, Denise Bentley and OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee reflect on First Love Foundation’s inspiring approach to tackle hunger and poverty, the wider societal and policy factors, and the role of the farming sector in overcoming these challenges and building resilience.
The Covid-19 pandemic saw a dramatic 320% increase in the number of people seeking help from the organisation.
Denise recognises that eliminating poverty cannot be achieved alone, and the UK-wide systemic change, that has already helped to bring about a shift in various areas, is still very much what is needed.
She also talks about the pivotal role that farmers and the wider industry have to play in solving poverty. Through the establishment of networks between farmers and communities, and continued work in building resilience in the person’s life, the vision would be for all members of society, in crisis or not, to have the means of accessing good, affordable food.
It’s wine o’clock with Tom Barnes, Biddenden Vineyard. Host Sarah Mukherjee.
The reputation of poor English wines no longer exists with vineyards such as Biddenden in Kent growing varieties that suit the soil and maritime culture here in the UK. But with climate change a hot topic, how does viticulture adapt to meet the demands of the future, and what do growers need to do to be more resilient.
In our latest podcast, we talk to Tom Barnes about the family business which was established in 1969 and spans 23 acres of vines. Grab a cuppa….or glass of wine, and join us in the vineyard.
Craig Livingstone on the National Food Strategy. Host OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee
In this special podcast, OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee caught up with Craig Livingstone, who sat on the National Food Strategy Panel with Henry Dimbleby.
Craig is the Farm and Estate Manager at Lockerley Estate in Hampshire where they operate 1,000 hectares including arable, sheep and a working forestry enterprise, and won the Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year award in 2018.
In this short podcast, they talk about the agricultural recommendations put forward in the strategy linked to "free use of land", rewilding, environmental commitments, a change in language and why this is a monumental occasion for farming.
Christopher Bourchier, Chair of the Frank Parkinson Trust. Host Sarah Mukherjee
For almost a generation, the Oxford Farming Conference and the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust have been working together. In the latest podcast from the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee speaks to Christopher Bourchier, Chair of the trust, about the longstanding partnership between the two charities.
The discussion covers the trust's founder, stand-out lectures, and how the partnership was formed.
Grab yourself a cup of tea and have a listen.
Flower grower and former OFC Chairman Matt Naylor reflects on the impact of the last year. Host Sarah Mukherjee
In this fantastic interview between Sarah Mukherjee, OFC's 2022 Co-Chair, and Matt Naylor, they reflecting on the changes since Matt's term as Chair in 2019/20.
The discussion covers a lot of ground, including an increased demand for flowers as a result of the pandemic, sustainability and a shortage of cardboard and steel, supply chains, global trade, politics and how to get your voice heard at OFC.
A journey in food, nutrition and agriculture with MBE Barbara Bray. Host Sarah Mukherjee
In our first podcast of the new series, leading up to the 2022 conference, our host OFC Co-Chair Sarah Mukherjee enjoys a virtual coffee with Co-Chair Barbara Bray. They touch on some of the plans for the event in January, and look back on Barbara’s journey into food, nutrition and working in the agricultural industry.
Her work in the UK, Europe, Middle East and African countries led to a MBE in 2019 for her services to food nutrition. Grab your own coffee, sit back and join them.