The Northern Real Farming Conference was first run online in 2020 to bring together farmers and food system workers in the North of England and Scotland to network and share experiences, information, and inspiration. 

Following a successful conference in 2021 and a WWF funded campaign in 2022, we are now setting out our 2023 programme. This will include a series of farm visits and a strategic Autumn change-makers/movement building event which will take place on 6 November in Leeds (see info here).

Our aims are to support the development of an agroecological movement, which encompasses practice (supported through farm visits/events and local network building), politics (looking at how we might change through the movement building event) and research (building the evidence base and what works/doesn’t work, its impact and why to import practice and politics). 

The Northern Real Farming Conference is coordinated by LESS (Lancaster District) CIC

We are seeking a talented communications professional to:

  • Connect farmer networks in the north of England 
  • Impact land-use by sharing agroecological approaches in the north of England
  • Grow the movement, partnerships and collaborative working to address the question of ‘how can we move to a more regenerative food and farming system in the north of England’?

You will:

  • Devise and deliver a social media campaign to increase reach and build the network, sharing our resources and promoting NRFC events, and linking with appropriate initiatives/campaigns from partner organisations
  • Produce and maintain engaging content across appropriate social media platforms, including creating graphics/visuals as needed
  • Monitor and report on analytics to monitor the effectiveness of campaigns and ensure goals are being met
  • Create a regular newsletter to share NRFC and northern news with key contacts, in collaboration with the NRFC Coordinator
  • Support events with marketing and targeted communications to widen reach and ensure that we 
  • Develop and foster partnerships with other organisations and manage these
    relationships

You should have:

  • A track record of successful campaigns, ideally related to farming, food system change or a movement building context
  • A strong network of farming contacts, ideally from the agroecology comms network
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a small team
  • Highly organised and detail-orientated, with good project and time management skills, and a sharp eye for proofing
  • Hands-on with a talent for creating engaging digital content
  • Strong digital skills in email marketing, social media and content marketing
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Good team-working skills
  • Track record of network building and partnership working

The role is based on an average of 20 hours a month for 5 months, with some flexibility on this and the workload, and the hope of continuing the role in the future based on successful funding bids. The LESS freelance rate is £17 per hour. 

The Northern Real Farming Conference is coordinated by LESS (Lancaster District) CIC.

To register interest in this freelance role, please send a CV and cover email to ellen@lessuk.org by 9am on Monday, 30 October, 2023.

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