‘One of LEAF’s first Demonstration Farms in the glasshouse sector’
Tangmere Airfield Nurseries has become the latest farm to join LEAF’s nationwide network of Demonstration Farms. It becomes one of over 40 other farms across the country set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Farms act as ‘living classrooms’ demonstrating the principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to other farmers, supply chains, conservation groups and members of the public. IFM is a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming. It uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods to enrich the environment and engage local communities.
Speaking at the launch Gerard Vonk, Tangmere’s General Manager explained: "We understand that people care about how the food they eat is grown and produced, and that’s why from the outset our aim was to run a sustainable horticultural business. We’re working hard in lots of practical ways to reduce waste, conserve resources and protect our crops using biological control.”
Some examples of IFM include conserving energy and water through an on-site electricity generation plant, water recirculation and thermal screens. Tangmere Airfield Nurseries joined LEAF as a member in 2002 and when the LEAF Marque farm assurance system was introduced in 2003, became a certified producer.
“Tangmere is proud to join the LEAF Network of Demonstration Farms. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share our knowledge with others and raise awareness of the care we take to grow crops sustainably using the very latest technology.”
Tangmere regularly host visits for local schools and other growers and also participate in Open Farm Sunday - a celebration of British farming and the hard work that’s involved putting food on plates.
The official launch took place on Wednesday 13th May by gardening broadcaster, Pippa Greenwood who congratulated everyone involved at Tangmere Nurseries for their commitment to sustainable methods of food production.