#52: Oxford Real Farming Conference, social justice & land, new forms of land ownership

Leah Penniman at ORFC (IMG Credit: ORFC Official Photographer)

This episode we’re sharing stories from the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) – where we were proud to be the official media partners – reporting live during the event! We’ll be sharing more stories from the conference over the coming weeks.

We kick off with the powerful words of Malcom X, read by the ever-inspiring Leah Penniman, who featured in our Women of the Land series last year. We then hear from Josina Calliste, co-founder of Land in Our Names (LION), who shares about her visit to Leah’s Soul Fire Farm and their collaboration on a conversation around food justice, land justice and re-connecting with nature at the conference.

Next, we immerse ourselves in the natural world with Ian Solomon-Kawall, who runs May Project Gardens, and chat about the transformative properties of nature and how much it can help to improve mental and physical health, and address trauma. 

Finally, we speak with Miriam Rose from Hardwick Estate about reforming age-old aristocratic dynamics of land ownership, and creating a new and progressive structure for ownership of their estate.

Farmerama is made by Jo Barratt, Katie Revell, and Abby Rose. In this episode there were interviews from Darla Eno and Cathy St Germans and editing from Louis Hudson. Community support is by Hanna Soderlund, Fran Bailey, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins, Olivia Oldham and our theme music is by Owen Barratt. We’ve also heard some music recorded at this years ORFC, Amazing Grace at the closing plenary, and other songs from a session led by Robin Grey at St Aldates Church.