National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) helps farmers adopt environmentally responsible farming practices and creates a better public understanding of farming.

Since LEAF’s inception in 1991, LEAF has always had an NFYFC representative on its main management committee. One of LEAF’s objectives is to encourage young people working in agriculture and related industries to embrace the principles of environmentally responsible farming or Integrated Farm Management. LEAF is keen to reach out to the 659 Young Farmers Clubs, which represent 23, 000 young members and get them involved. Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) helps farmers adopt environmentally responsible farming practices and creates a better public understanding of farming.

Lynsey Martin is currently the YFC LEAF representative.

Opportunities for NFYFC of being involved in LEAF

  • Networking – members of the LEAF Advisory Board include Defra, CPRE, Natural England, ADAS, Environment Agency, AICC, RSPB, Birds Eye Ltd, NFU, CLA, Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer
  • Open Farm Sunday – get involved with local farms.
  • Help drive the development of Integrated Farming forward
  • European opportunities – LEAF is one of a number of IFM organisations across Europe who are all members of EISA (European Initiative for the Development of Sustainable Agriculture).
  • Work experience – we sometimes take on students for short periods time to carry out specific areas of work
  • Work placements – LEAF has hundreds of farmer members who may be happy to host a work placements for agricultural students.
  • Access to speakers – LEAF’s network of Demonstration Farmers and Innovations Centres offers a first class ‘pool’ of speakers for NFYFC meetings. Many of them have received communications training and would provide a lively and thought provoking presentation
  • Communications training – LEAF offers Communications Training to a wide variety of groups looking to improve their communications skills. It has also developed a Speak Out CD-Rom to help farmers and those working in related industries to explain what they do and why they do it.
  • Influencing the Rural Agenda – NFYFC’s involvement with LEAF is critical to ensure the hopes, concerns and aspirations of young people, interested in the future of farming, is heard.

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