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Sustainable Farming

Linking Environment And Farming

​Linking Environment And Farming (or LEAF for short) is a leading global organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. Here at Cryals Farm we’re fully LEAF accredited. LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming. It helps farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards by developing and promoting the sustainable farming practices of Integrated Farm Management (IFM).

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LEAF works in three core areas:

  • Facilitating knowledge generation and exchange amongst farmers and researchers through our network of LEAF
    demonstration Farms and Innovation Centres; farm business management tools and events.
  • Developing Market Opportunities through the LEAF Marque Standard.
  • Engaging the public in sustainable food and farming through Open Farm Sunday, Open Farm School Days, resources and
    training.

LEAF’s Vision: A world that is farming, eating and living sustainably.

LEAF’s Mission: To inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

The LEAF Marque: This standard is an environmental assurance system recognising sustainably farmed products. When you see The LEAF Marque Standard logo, you can be sure it comes from a farm practising sustainable agriculture. It has been developed in consultation with scientists, the farming industry and conservation groups. It reflects the most up to date understanding of internationally accepted sustainable farm management science and management based around Integrated Farm Management. (IFM).

Like all LEAF Marque certified farms, we are are committed to:

  • Carrying out sustainable farming methods through Integrated Farm Management
  • Protecting and enhancing the countryside for wildlife and biodiversity
  • Only using pesticides and fertilisers when absolutely necessary
  • Linking the environment and farming

We are able to demonstrate that our farm meets the 9 core principles of Integrated Farm Management as well as showing continuous improvement. We are independently inspected.

Integrated Farm Management (IFM)

This is a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming. It uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods to deliver prosperous farming that enriches the environment and engages local communities. LEAF’s IFM is made up of nine core principles which together, address the entire farming business – including soil and water management, energy efficiency, crop health and protection and landscape and nature conservation.

​At Charrington’s we have always been dedicated to growing the best quality apples (first and foremost we’re a supplier of Class 1 eating apples to the supermarkets), while at the same time protecting and carefully managing our farm environment.

For more information about LEAF please visit: www.leafuk.org