Here at Newcastle University’s Nafferton Farm we are at an exciting crossroads for our research infrastructure, with many changes on the horizon.  University restructuring has brought new colleagues from a wide range of disciplines. We are keen to build on the legacy of our role as a research farm and uncertainties about future EU funding […]

The Oxford Real Farming Conference has made all PowerPoints, audio recordings and films from the 2017 conference available online through the ORFC 2017 Archive. Professor Carlo Leifert was a part of the panel titled “What goes in and what comes out: : resource efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability of organic and low-input farming” and also presented research […]

The Oxford Real Farming Conference will take place this year on 4-5 January 2017 and Professor Carlo Leifert and Dr Marcin Baranski will present NEFG research. Additional details can be found on the conference website, where the event is described as a “unique gathering of the UK’s sustainable and organic food and farming movements” which “will […]

Last month, Dr Stephen Jones of Washington State University delivered a seminar at the Newcastle University School of Agriculture about his work with the WSU Bread Lab. His presentation was recorded by the University and full audio and slides of Dr Jones’ seminar can be viewed at the following link: Bread and Community (please note, the presentation […]

We are nearing the end of harvest at Nafferton, and closing out our busiest cereal season in recent memory. NEFG managed trials of spelt, rye, spring wheat, winter wheat, spring barley, buckwheat and quinoa this year–here are some updates about our more unusual species. Spelt and Rye The HealthyMinorCereals project included three trials of spelt and […]

The landbridge network is hosting a workshop at Nafferton farm on Thursday, 8th September 2016 to consider the role for advisers in integrated farm management for sustainable intensification. Landbridge is a knowledge exchange network for rural professionals and a partner in the Defra-funded Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP). Nafferton farm is one of the SIP study […]

NEFG PhD Student Gultakin Hasanaliyeva attended the 10th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology held in Verona, Italy from 13th – 18th July. The University of Verona organised the symposium, which included ‘plant physiology and development, environmental and pathogen interactions, genomics, metabolomics and fruit quality’. Beyond attending, Gultakin presented a poster on her research project, […]

On April 21st, Professor Carlo Leifert was the keynote speaker for the ‘Future of Organic’ panel at the 2016 Food Tank Summit in Washington D.C. Professor Leifert presented results from NEFG’s recent studies on the nutritional Quality of Organic Food and answered questions as part of a panel of experts. The full video of the panel is featured […]

As part of the continuing series of events focusing on rye and spelt trials, the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group will host a summer information session on 2nd July 2016. This will be the third in a series of informative events focussed on the spelt and rye field trials, which are components of the EU-funded Healthy […]

Professor Carlo Leifert will be speaking as part of the ‘Future of Organic’ panel at the 2016 Food Tank Summit on 21st April. Food Tank is a non-profit focused on “building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters”. Based in Washington D.C., the organisation supports innovations in sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, human nutrition and […]