LEAF Annu­al Con­fer­ence 2023

Tra­di­tion, Trans­for­ma­tion and Tactics: 
Reshap­ing and rethink­ing the next chap­ter for glob­al farm­ing and the role of LEAF

Date and time: Friday 3rd February 2023, 9.30am to 14.30 GMT

Location: Stoneleigh Abbey, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LF

Register your spot here for FREE!

Join us for LEAF’s first in-person conference in three years.

LEAF has experienced a period of unprecedented growth as well as turbulence. We have doubled in size to meet the rise in demand from the retail sector adopting LEAF Marque to accelerate their sustainable farming commitments. We have also had to deal with the untimely loss of our Chief Executive, Caroline Drummond MBE, who led LEAF for over 30 years, since its inception in 1991.

The farming industry too has faced, and continues to face, a similar period of change and adjustment, as it grapples with the consequences of Brexit, the war in Ukraine, coupled with ongoing climatic, political, and financial uncertainties.

At the end of 2020, LEAF launched its bold, ambitious, and far reaching 10-year strategy which is very much an embodiment of Caroline’s vision for LEAF into the future. It is about taking Integrated Farm Management to the next level, to move beyond IFM’s role in implementing more regenerative farming. It is focused on capitalising on LEAF’s 30-year heritage, scaling up reach to transform global farming and food systems. In essence, it is built on her firm conviction that more climate positive, resilient, and nature-based farming, underpinned by IFM, will only be achieved by basing it on three fundamental commitments to deliver Health, Diversity and Enrichment.

LEAF’s annual conference seeks to understand how we can transform regenerative farming intentions into reality and better understand the opportunities for farmers and the global food sector. We will look beyond IFM and ask what’s next? What are the strategic shifts necessary to drive collective action and shared global ambitions? What does the next chapter look like for LEAF? Crucially, what are the hard choices we will have to make both as a farming industry and as an organisation to ensure we continue to break new ground, and sometimes do the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

The conference is a unique opportunity for farmers, those in the food chain, researchers, and industry representatives, as well as government officials to discuss and learn from each other about the importance of transforming change and developing the frameworks to make it happen.

Conference speakers will explore the themes of Health, Diversity and Enrichment:

• HEALTH – Nick Padwick, Farms & Estate Director, Wild Ken Hill

Health: Beyond Regen - what next?

• DIVERSITY - Ed Ikin, Director of Wakehurst – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

‘What does biodiversity do for farming and what can farming do for diversity’

• ENRICHMENT - Caroline Mason, Founder, Seeds to Thrive

‘The role of farmers and retailers in enriching the natural environment and society’

Inaugural LEAF Lecture delivered by:

Professor Mike Berners-Lee

• Author of the timely best seller ‘There is no Planet B, a Handbook for the Make or Break Years’

• Founder of Small World Consulting

• Professor at Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures

A leading mind on carbon metrics, Mike will take up the theme: ‘There is no Planet B – The Implications for Food and Farming’

The conference will be Chaired by Tom Heap, freelance journalist, BBC Countryfile presenter and author of ‘39 Ways to Save the Planet’. Other speakers include LEAF’s Chairman, Philip Wynn and LEAF Directors Vicky Robinson, Clare Mike and Carl Edwards.

Register your spot here.