AFCP National Forum ‘ Growing Young Minds and New Ideas’

Hartpury University and Hartpury College, Gloucestershire

Monday 15th November 2021

10.00   Coffee or tea on arrival 

10.25   Welcome to the Forum by Prof. Graham Jellis (Chair, AFCP)

10.30   Introduction to the morning by Ben Thompson (Agri-Tech Centre Manager) followed by a conducted tour of the Agri-Tech Centre

12.00  Lunch

12.30   AFCP AGM

12.45   Two talks with the theme Optimising Plant Factories - Progress and Challenges’

1.         Improving yield in vertical farming: Insights from plant photobiology
            Dr Matt Jones, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, University of Glasgow.

2.        Indoor farming innovations: improving the efficiency and sustainability of our food systems through aeroponics
Jack Farmer, Co-Founder and Director, LettUs Grow, Bristol

13.45   Discussion led by Dr Jim Stevens, Vertical Future Ltd

14.00   Two talks with the theme ‘Involving young people in food, farming and the environment’

1.         The importance of experiential learning to motivate young people on food production, farming and the natural environment
Carl Edwards, Director, Education and Public Engagement, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

2.         Care farming – using farming, food production and the farmed landscape to benefit young people with a defined need
Dr Rachel Bragg, Care Farming Development Manager, Social Farms and Gardens

15.00   Discussion led by Carl Edwards

15.15   Farewell and tea

To register please contact [email protected]

AFCP member organisations are entitled to one free delegate, a charge of £30 for additional delegates and those from non-member organisations.