Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) promotes sustainable food and farming. We help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo. We work with farmers, consumers and the wider food industry - everyone can get involved – as a supporter, member, demonstration farmer or LEAF Marque grower.
LEAF builds public understanding of food and farming in a number of ways, including Open Farm Sunday and farm visits to our national network of Demonstration Farms.
For farmers – become a member, a demonstration farm or LEAF Marque farmer and show your customers you care about the environment
For consumers – support LEAF and buy food carrying the LEAF logo, visit your nearest demonstration farm and get involved in Open Farm Sunday
For the industry – work together with LEAF on one of our exciting projects to bring farmers, consumers, researchers and industry partners closer together.
LEAF is a proactive and inclusive charity which brings together thousands of individuals, NGOs and companies to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food. LEAF’s vision sees farmers flourishing in their roles as food producers and stewards of the countryside, with consumers enjoying nutritious food – confident that it has been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
LEAF makes this vision a reality. It brings together farmers, consumers and food businesses with activities and initiatives that build knowledge, understanding, trust and opportunities. LEAF has something for everyone and provides a forum for progressive thinkers committed to a sustainable future. There are LEAF Demonstration Farms and Innovation Centres across the UK where these ideas can be seen in practice. For farmers there are management and marketing tools and for consumers there is the LEAF Marque – food produced with environmental care.
LEAF membership brings together many of Britain’s most progressive farmers with some of the most innovative and successful food retailing and processing companies as well as the farm supply and service sectors. LEAF’s approach is built around the whole-farm principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which achieves a balance between the best of modern technology and sound traditional methods, whilst enriching the environment. LEAF also works with European partners to build sustainable solutions that are practical, achievable and realistic. LEAF is the way forward for farming and food.
Support for LEAF is through membership: farmers, Colleges & Universities, friends and Corporate Companies. We receive additional support through sponsorship and project work.
LEAF benefits from a significant voluntary contribution from the network of LEAF Demonstration Farmers, Innovation Centres and Supporters, the many farmers and helpers involved in Open Farm Sunday and from representation on the main management committees of LEAF: the LEAF Board, Policy and Strategic Development Committee, LEAF IFM Consultative Forum, Technical Committee and Communications Committee as well as additional committees supporting LEAF Marque.
The trustees are the Board of Directors of the Charity. They are principally responsible for the governance of the Charity. The LEAF Board meets at six times a year and is made up of the Chairman: Stephen Fell; Vice-Chairman: Robert Kynaston and eight other Board members who are representatives from the food, farming and environment industry and our members.
Baroness Byford is the LEAF President and once a year we hold the Presidents Event, where our members come together to discuss LEAF’s work and meet with key representatives in the industry.
LEAF is based at its office in Stoneleigh Park with a committed team, directed by its Chief Executive Caroline Drummond.
LEAF works with farmers and organisations from around the world and is a founding member of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development of Agriculture (EISA).