LEAF works in partnership with a number of like-minded organisations supporting the development, demonstration and uptake of more sustainable farming.
The Beacons of Excellence programme looks to develop peer-to-peer learning and explore the benefits of regenerative agriculture and agroecology. Building on LEAF’s legacy, it will take our work to another level of knowledge generation and exchange. The first year of this programme was kindly funded by the Ashden Trust.
AgricaptureCO2 is looking at the potential of soil as a carbon sink, whilst promoting the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices. It aims to develop an innovative, robust, and scalable solution to measure carbon in soil.
Supported by The Linder Foundation, LEAF’s ‘Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change’ project is assisting with the work of 10 farmers who are using nature to mitigate climate change and build resilience on their farms.
Vitacress Farm Excellence with LEAF Marque certification is an outcomes-based approach to measuring environmental improvements through ecological appraisals and surveys, individually tailored conservation management plans and bespoke LEAF Sustainable Farming Review Reporting with KPIs and action plans for continuous improvement.
LEAF have teamed up with global crop protection and seed company Corteva Agriscience in the search to develop new LEAF demonstration farmers as emerging leaders in sustainable farming.
The Jordans Farm Partnership is an innovative partnership between LEAF, The Wildlife Trusts, Jordans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund to promote sustainable farming practice and address rural development issues.
SEAMS (Sustainability in Education and Agriculture using Mixtures) is a four year project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and coordinated by the James Hutton Institute. The project aims to develop, promote and implement crop species mixtures as a sustainable crop production system for Scotland and a resource for knowledge exchange on food production, agricultural ecology and environmental sustainability to a wider audience including school groups.
Monitoring of Environmental Practices for Sustainable Agriculture Supported by Earth Observation will be conducting research on the monitoring of environmental practises. The three year project aims to carry out continuous and systematic monitoring of sustainable agricultural practices on a territory wide and all year-round basis. A toolbox of services will be developed, enabling monitoring organisations to adapt to requirements stemming from EU policy reform.
Developing five net-zero farms across the four nations and overseas to demonstrate practical knowledge and help farmers achieve the National Farmers’ Union target to be net-zero carbon by 2040.
CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.
Agricology is a ‘one-stop shop’ for practical, independent information about sustainable agriculture for UK farmers and growers. It picks the best available resources featuring information about a range of farming approaches including, Integrated Farming Management, organic farming, permaculture and conservation agriculture.
The Campaign for the Farmed Environment helps farming businesses, by signposting to best practice in soil management, crop nutrition and pesticide use. CFE helps farmers support the natural environment, whilst farming productively.
LEAF Marque has built a strong relationship with 17 Certification Bodies that have a combined global coverage representing all the growing regions.
Countryside Classroom helps teachers to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment.
DiverIMPACTS (Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains towards Sustainability) is look at the full potential of crop diversification through rotation, intercropping and multiple cropping. It will aim to demonstrate clear technical, economic and environmental benefit for farmers, supply chains and society.
DIVERSify (Designing InnoVative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability) aims to construct new approaches and tools to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the benefits associated with cropping, crop traits and the ergonomic practices that promote these, focusing on arable and grassland systems.
Innovative Farmers is a not for profit initiative giving farmers research support and funding and focuses on finding sustainable solutions to farmers’ practical problems through trialling, testing and hands-on research.
ISEAL is the global leader in defining and communicating what good practice looks like for sustainability standards. Through this work, ISEAL helps drive standards towards delivering more positive impact. At the heart of this is ISEAL’s set of core principles that define credibility in standards.
SolACE (SOLutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use) is looking at ways to improve agroecosystem and crop efficiency for water and nutrient use. A number of LEAF potato growers will share their expertise to project partners, other farmers and scientists. We will also be leading on the dissemination and communication aspects of the project, including developing factsheets, short videos and policy briefs. SolACE runs for five years.