LEAF Linking Environment and Farming promotes environmentally responsible farming. LEAF brings together thousands of individuals and organisations to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food.
The James Hutton Institute combines activities in its upland and lowland experimental farms to form its LEAF Innovation Centre. The farms offer long term research platforms, dedicated to putting the science of sustainable farming into practice.
The Institute will be hosting Open Farm Sunday 2015 on 7 June. Check the OFS2015 page for news and information.
2015 is the International Year of Soils (IYS) a UN initiative to be implemented by FAO. The Hutton has a full programme of activities lined up. See more of the objectives on the IYS page.
Free online course on soils run by Lancaster University, starting 6 July 2015. For more information see Going Underground: free online course reveals the secret life of soil.
The Hutton's Glensaugh and Hartwood Farms have joined the Dundee (Mylnefield and Balruddery) Farm's role as a LEAF Innovation Centre. Information to follow. For enquiries contact Euan Caldwell (see below)
Field teams have been out and about from the end of March to October in the 2014 Field Campaign recording and measuring crops, soils, invertebrates and other things as part of a major study to investigate the trade offs between yield and environment. Background is given at the Maritime Croplands web page and here at Leaf-related research.
LEAF Technical Day for Farmers on Tuesday 3 June 2014 at Balruddery Farm near Dundee. The event included demonstrations on soils, nutrient cycling, machinery, integrated farm management and the 40 ha Centre for Sustainable Cropping. Image below shows Caroline Drummond,Chief Executive of LEAF giving a welcoming address from the top of a hay bale. A report of the event is given at Technical Day 2014.
Integrated Pest Management at the Institute is increasingly recognised as a major area of strength. Summaries are available at these links: Delivering Sustainable production Systems/IPM and IPM-Weeds. See also the research page for the PDF file on IPM Weeds, further updates and links.
LEAF Sustainable food and farming conference at the President's Event 2014, 12 November: reports and presentations from a variety of speakers available at this LEAF News page.
New LEAF publications Sustainable Farming Review and Guide to Integrated Farm Management plus revised LEAF Marque standard will be available to members soon. Reports later.
LEAF pledges commitment to global food security initiative. Information at media release (PDF) of 24 October 2014.
LEAF Driving Sustainability - a review of our impact, achievement and challenge 2013 (2nd Sustainability Report) was launched at Cereals 2014 and can be downloaded Sustainability Report pdf.
The 1st LEAF Integrated Farm Management Bulletin was released on 7 March 2014, for members only. This issue (read more on the news page) concentrates on Sustainable Soil Management and includes a piece from the James Hutton Institute's Cathy Hawes on soils work in the Balruddery experiment.
Join LEAF's online community through these links and web sites - LinkedIn, LEAF's Blog, Facebook, and YouTube. Sign in to LEAF's EBrief. There's also Twitter. And Alice Midmer's Sustainable Soil Management Blog. Wow!!! How do our friends at LEAF do all this - they must be superhuman.
More about our role in LEAF
News and views on farming and the environment
- Around the farms - a photographic diary of the Institute's two farms.
- Comment - articles on topical issues in food security and the environment.
- Research - how the Institute's science is leading to sustainable farm practice.
- LEAF and integrated farm management - more about LEAF and IFM.
- LEAF-related publications
You can find more about LEAF in general and find out how to get involved at the LEAF UK website.
Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre: Geoff Squire
Contact for the Hutton LEAF Innovation Centre farms: Euan Caldwell
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