LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Marque certification
Brixworth Farming is a LEAF Marque certified business. The LEAF Marque is a highly respected international standard and is being increasingly demanded by major food producers who are seeking to be seen to be more environmentally responsible. LEAF has been established for 25 years and is the leading organisation promoting sustainable agriculture, food and farming.
Following a rigorous auditing and assessment process, we have demonstrated that we meet the requirements of the LEAF standard system based on environmentally responsible farming principles. The LEAF Marque certification is maintained by independently-verified annual inspection.
The assessment process covers wide ranging aspects of the farming business to ensure that environmental benchmarks are met. These include a landscape and conservation plan, environmental policy, energy policy, water policy, health and safety policy, as well as engagement with the public and engagement with staff to ensure that everyone is on board with the scheme.
Red Tractor Crop Assurance Scheme
BFC conforms to the standards of the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops and is audited annually.
This scheme demonstrates our compliance with internationally recognised standards and is a fundamental link in an integrated chain of assurance throughout the food chain from farm to pack. The standards been developed over the years to address legislative requirements, scientific evidence, good practice in the industry and consumer concerns.
Brixworth Farming complies with government legislation including Statutory Management Requirements for Cross Compliance, which apply to all farming practices across the entire agricultural holding. We ensure that our land is in good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC) relating to issues of soil organic matter, soil structure and soil erosion, avoiding deterioration of the habitats, extraction of water for irrigation and finally ensuring minimum level of maintenance.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of everyone who works at Brixworth Farming is of paramount importance. We have an independent health and safety risk management audit carried out annually by NFU Mutual Risk Management Services. Staff are fully engaged in the audit and in the review process.
Brixworth Farming complies with the Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides and all water courses are protected by non-spray grass buffer strips.