LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the leading organisation promoting more sustainable farming, has today (3rd May) announced the addition of two new sites – both operating in the fruit sector – to its network of demonstration farms and research establishments. NIAB EMR has been named as a LEAF Innovation Centre, while Blackbird Farming has become a LEAF Demonstration Farm. Both sites have been recognised for their outstanding research and demonstration capabilities and their commitment to supporting farmers and growers with the latest skills and know-how to address current sustainability challenges.
The LEAF Network consists of Innovation Centres, leading research establishments pioneering new approaches to LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) through research and development; and LEAF Demonstration Farms, working farms committed to promoting sustainable farming best practice to farmers and wider groups such as politicians, industry groups, and students.
Speaking at the launch, Alice Midmer, IFM manager at LEAF, said: “The LEAF Network of Demonstration Farms and Innovation Centres plays a critical role in driving forward the uptake and development of more sustainable farming and horticulture. The pioneering research and knowledge exchange activities carried out at our Innovation Centres, coupled with showing how new approaches to science and technology applies at farm level on our Demonstration Farms, represents a powerful catalyst to bring about real and lasting change to more sustainable farming systems. We are delighted to welcome NIAB EMR and Blackbird Farming to the LEAF Network and look forward to working alongside them to share best practice examples of more sustainable fruit farming.”