Press release 03 August
The first Marches Real Food and Farming Conference will be held at Partridge Farm,
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire on September 15 and 16.
Organised by The Shropshire Good Food Partnership, The Marches Real Food and Farming
Conference will bring together local and national scientists, farmers, growers and chefs in a
diverse and exciting programme focussed on creating a regenerative and future-proof food
and farming system in the region and further afield.
The programme is wide-ranging with panels, talks and discussions featuring among others
Chris Smaje (A Small Farm Future), Josiah Meldrum (Hodmedod’s), Niels Corfield (soil
health expert), “Regen-Ben” (regenerative farmer) and chef Margot Henderson.
The conference includes a programme of practical sessions, from seed cleaning, biochar
production and compost turning to microscopy. The event is also a chance to make local
connections and build partnerships, as well as sample food and drink from local producers.
SGFP founder Jenny Rouquette comments:
“There will be opportunity for dialogue and debate, with thought leaders and people from the region involved in all aspects of the food system. We’ll be covering topics such as relocalising the food economy, making regenerative agriculture pay and the crucial link between soil, plant and human health. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn, make connections and get involved in what is one of the most important challenges facing our communities and to be part of this exciting event.”
The Marches Real Food and Farming Conference has been inspired by the Oxford Real
Farming Conference, now in its 15th year, as “a movement dedicated to transforming food
and farming systems”.
The SGFP was established to create a local food system to benefit people, place and planet
and brings together representatives of all aspects of the food system, from growers to
retailers, food banks, community organisations and councils.
The SGFP is part of the national Sustainable Food Places movement, which brings together
pioneering food partnerships from across the UK, driving innovation and best practice on all
aspects of a healthy and sustainable food system.
To see the full programme and list of speakers or to book tickets, visit mrffc.uk or contact
hello@shropshiregoodfood or see the conference social media accounts on Facebook
@shropshiregoodfoodpartnership and Instagram @shropshiregoodfood.
Press Contact: Daphne Du Cros, Coordinator, Shropshire Good Food Partnership firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shropshire Good Food Partnership (SGFP) is a CIC established to create a local food system which is good for people, place and planet. We bring people together from across the County representing all aspects of the food system, from growers to retailers, those involved with food banks and food festivals, community organisations, academic institutions, and local Councils.
SGFP is part of the national Sustainable Food Places movement which brings together pioneering food partnerships from across the UK. These initiatives are driving innovation and best practice on all aspects of healthy and sustainable food.