Information and resources
Here you can find many useful documents and articles about LEAF and IFM.
- LEAF Simply Sustainable Biodiversity
Simply Sustainable Biodiversity is a booklet to help farmers monitor, manage and enhance biodiversity through the adoption of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). Based on Six Simple Steps, it outlines practical ways for farmers to manage their land for food production as well as for wildlife.
- LEAF Impacts Report 2014
Our third global Impacts Report - showing the impact LEAF members and LEAF Marque certified businesses are making in the delivery of more sustainable food and farming across the globe.
- LEAF Annual Review 2014
The annual Review of 2014 for LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).
- Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP) – LEAF’s Involved!
LEAF is involved in a new Defra funded research project on Integrated Farm Management and its role in delivering Sustainable Intensification. The project, which runs for three years, will look at ways to increase farm productivity while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing ecosystem services.
- LEAF Global Impacts Report 2013
Our second global impacts report shows a significant increase in the number of farms across the globe achieving LEAF Marque certification and in the amount of land grown to its standards. It also reveals that LEAF farmer members are showing steady progress to more sustainable farming.
- LEAF Technical Day
Linking Environment And Farming: The James Hutton Institute, a LEAF Innovation Centre, invites farmers to come and hear about new work to assist sustainable farming practices. Meet other farmers and hear from a local LEAF farmer what Integrated Farm Management means in practice.
- What can farmers learn from science to improve the nutritional value of our food? : Health by Stealth
The agricultural systems that have been built up over the past few decades have contributed greatly to alleviate hunger and raise living standards; they have served the purpose, but only up to a point. Our current food system is largely driven by economic demand and production possibilities, not nutritional goals.
- IPM Legislation
Changes in the legislation on the use of pesticides - What is changing, why and how will it affect you
- The Future of IPM
Spreading the word and future opportunities
- What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
What is IPM and what do the new guidelines cover?
- IPM in Practice
Examples from farmers adopting IPM and how it affects their businesses
- Sustainable Lamb
Sustainable Lamb, the latest newsletter supplement for lamb farmers. The supplement includes farmer case studies and a range of articles from industry leaders. The case studies highlight ways in which LEAF’s IFM can benefit lamb farmers, which include helping to reduce forage and feeding costs and increase production of grass fed lambs, through the management and composition of grazing swards and growing of other fodder crops.
- Sustainable Intensification - Does Integrated Farm Management fit the bill?
The LEAF IFM Event is for College and University lecturers and their farm managers, trainers and students. We will be looking at sustainable farming in general, hearing from speakers on specific aspects of Integrated Farm Management and updating you on LEAF’s activities. There will also be a walk around the farm at Brackenhurst, Nottingham Trent University, where we will be looking at Integrated Farm Management in practice.
- LEAF Technical Field Day, GWCT’s Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire
This FREE event is showcasing the most innovative ideas currently emerging from farmland research.
Join the Allerton Project and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) for a day of
lively debate, demonstrations and lots of practical ideas.
Guided tours will take place throughout the day, lasting about 2½ hours each.
Tours will leave between 11.00am and 1.00pm and will focus on water, energy,
waste, soil, wildlife and the community. Tea, coffee and a hog roast will be available.
- LEAF Technical Field Day, Top House Farm, Yorkshire
In field demonstrations to help farmers improve their efficiency, productivity, profitability and environmental protection.
This event is FREE to LEAF members; £25.00 incl VAT for non-members. Guided tours around the farm will take about two hours. Each stop will encourage lively debate with around 20 attendees on each tour. Tours will leave between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Lunch will be available for a small charge to all visitors.
Quick links to top documents
Simply Sustainable Water - Six Simple Steps for managing water quality and use on your land.
Energy monitor - An excel spreadsheet to help monitor and measure energy consumption and CO2 emmisions.
Simply Sustainable Soils - Six Simple Steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health and long-term sustainability of our land.
African IFM Handbook - A version of the IFM handbook aimed at African small farmers (Available only to members of LEAF).