New course helps growers take whole-farm approach to sustainability

Caroline Drummond - image:HW
Caroline Drummond - image:HW

An integrated farm management course to enable farmers and advisers to take a whole-farm approach to sustainable farming has been launched by professional standards body and BASIS and charity LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

Building on the existing BASIS/LEAF integrated crop management course, the two-day course is divided into ten modules, ranging from water management and energy efficiency to farm assurance and community engagement.

It is aimed to help managers and advisers attain assured status for farms, in particular LEAF Marque, and comply with the EU's Thematic Pesticide Strategy.

LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond said: "Building on the Codes of Good Agricultural Practice, integrated farm management is a practical and achievable approach for farmers. It delivers a food system that is economically viable, ecologically sound and socially just."

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