Linking Environment And Farming
Registered Company Limited by Guarantee Charity
III - Non-governmental organisations
Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar
Stoneleigh Park, LEAF
KENILWORTH, WARWICKSHIRE CV8 2LG
Ms Caroline Drummond
Ms Caroline Drummond
Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) develops more sustainable farming systems & encourages a better public understanding & engagement in farming & countryside, through the development & promotion of Integrated Farming (IF). Developing practical management tools to support farmers in changing practices & performance to deliver a more sustainable agriculture, these include the LEAF Sustainability Farming Review, the Green Box monitoring tool & for the market the LEAF Marque, an environmental food assurance scheme. LEAF have an active network of demonstration farms & innovation centres highlighting achievable steps & approaches for farmers to make change in their businesses.
For 20 years LEAF has been active in creating change, encouraging a more whole farm approach through a range of methods, including the development of technical management tools; demonstration farms; markets opportunity & political influence. To deliver a lower impact farming system that is highly productive & socially acceptable, LEAF’s work has been developed & built on ‘tried & tested’ traditional methods & encourages the adoption & development of new technologies. LEAF works collaboratively across the globe & in Europe with EISA (European Initiative for the Sustainable development in Agriculture). LEAF’s work involves the whole food chain, including farmers, environmentalists, retailers & consumers.
IF approaches are helping to enhance ecosystem resilience through participatory processes that engage & empower farmers, strengthen local institutions & create opportunities for new income generation. A true Environmental Management System (EMS), IF provides a framework for farmers to adopt sustainable business solutions. It delivers efficient & profitable production, which is economically viable, socially acceptable & environmentally responsible. IF is geared towards sustaining & optimising the use of all resources on farm, including soil, water, air, staff, machinery, capital & wildlife habitats, landscape & archaeological features. Its successful uptake requires a detailed understanding of the business & an innovative & challenging approach.
The LEAF IF approach has been developed as an efficient, workable system to address economic, environmental, social & welfare issues. It brings together the management practices & decisions across the whole farm in a balanced & considered way. This includes: Organisation & Planning; Soil Management & Fertility; Crop Health & Protection; Pollution control & By-product management; Animal Husbandry; Energy Efficiency & Water Management; Landscape & Nature Conservation; Community Engagement.
Specifically LEAF has looked at understanding what delivers change & focuses its work in the following areas:
Technical knowhow: Through the delivery of IF by developing management tools including the LEAF Sustainability Farming Review, updated annually since 1993 & used by over 1000 farmers each year. A newer development is the LEAF Green Box supporting farmers in monitoring their environmental performance in the field. LEAF also delivers training for farmers, advisors, students & colleges.
Demonstration & Communication: Creating a better understanding, discussion & knowledge through a network of demonstration farms, for farmer:farmer information exchange & farmer: consumer communications. LEAF works with a range of farm types from specialist arable, horticultural & livestock farmers to mixed farms, spread across the UK & representing a wide range of diverse soils, habitats & landscapes. Events on farm & on the LEAF Innovation Centres encourage change & news ideas & solutions, discussions on farm have led to key developments in the industry, such as EIS for pesticides, farm assurance schemes, etc. LEAF runs Open Farm Sunday & this year over 400 farmers took part welcoming over 184,000 members of the public out on to the farms on the one day. LEAF also is running a project which is encouraging a life long love of n
All Agriculture policy and strategy related policies and legislation
providing case studies and evidence of good performance and beneficial farming practices
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National Farmers Union(20000),
EISA (European Initiative for the Sustainable development of Agriculture)
04/2013 - 03/2014
< 9,999 €
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