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LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering and promoting Climate Positive, thriving, resilient and exemplar agro-ecological farming at an increasingly global level. Working with farmers, the food industry, scientists, environmentalists, teachers, young people and consumers we are looking at new ways to deliver productivity and prosperity among our farmers, enrich the environment and engage young people and society in a valuable and meaningful way.

LEAF promotes Integrated Farm Management (IFM), a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming. IFM uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods to deliver prosperous farming that enriches the environment and engages local communities.

Our three workstreams of:

  • Knowledge Generation & Exchange
  • Market Opportunity
  • Education and Engaging Society

are key to transforming food and farming systems.

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LEAF is a leading organisation developing and promoting more sustainable farming.

Through our management tools, resources, and training, we aim to provide farmers with the skills, know-how and confidence to build the resilience and sustainability of their businesses.

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Over the past five years, we have been working together with the Catchment Sensitive Farming Partnership (CSF), a programme run by Natural England, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Defra, on several farm video case studies.

Each looks at different areas of sustainable farming practice and aims to assist farmers and their advisers in improving approaches in a cost effective and practical way.

Current videos look at:

Two further videos have recently been developed looking at:

LEAF Demonstration Farmer, Rob Kynaston, explains his use of regenerative farming practices on the Welsh border, including a look at the farm business, cropping, livestock, soil health, and nutrient management.

Ceri Meehan of Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) highlights the benefits of regenerative farming to water quality, biodiversity and nutrient cycling.

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Chris Ruffley and Paul Lewis of Harper Adams University talk about slurry separation and techniques for better nutrient management on the University Farm in Shropshire.

More effective slurry management (including storage, separation and spreading) allows for more targeted and improved application of nutrients, as well as improving water and air quality.

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