30 August 1996

Farm joins LEAF

FORMER farmers weekly Barometer Grower Philip Chamberlain has joined the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) network with the adoption of 535ha (1322-acre) Crowmarsh Battle Farms as a Demonstration Farm.

Mr Chamberlain said he regarded integrated crop management (ICM) as a refinement of the farms long-time practice. The land has been farmed by the family for more than 100 years.

LEAF now has farms in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain and Luxembourg. Sainsburys predicts that 88% of its UK-sourced fresh products and 60% of those imported will be produced to ICM standards by the end of this year.n