Vitacress to showcase environmental credentials and opportunities at LEAF Marque summit

Vitacress Herbs’ Research and Development Officer, Libby Rowland, has been announced as one of the speakers at the LEAF Marque summit, which takes part in London later this week (March 21st). The summit, organised by sustainable farming charity LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), will explore the theme ‘Beyond Certification: Transforming business resilience through sustainability. The impacts, benefits and opportunities.’

Libby’s presentation will focus on protected growing and explore what the LEAF Marque means for different production methods, and how the horticulture industry can be making more of LEAF Marque certification. She will join a panel of farmers, industry experts and policy makers, including representatives from LEAF, Sainsbury’s and The Environment Agency.

Libby began her career in conservation, obtaining a BSc in Environmental Biology after a BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management. She joined Vitacress as Research and Development Officer for Herbs in June 2018, after undertaking Sainsbury’s-funded PhD research, investigating irrigation practice in pot herb production, at Vitacress’ Runcton Nursery.  Libby has recently been awarded a place on the Land Settlement Association Fellowship scheme to develop future leaders in the horticulture industry.

Vitacress Herbs, who supply a number of UK supermarkets with living and fresh cut herbs, is committed to caring for, protecting and enhancing the environment and communities in which they work.

Libby said: “At any one time, we have three million pots of living herbs growing in our nursery under the care of our grower team. We are continually challenging ourselves at Vitacress to lead in conservation and grow produce in the most sustainable way. It’s important that the whole agriculture and horticulture industry work together to ensure we meet the needs of future generations, so we’re pleased to be taking part in the LEAF Marque summit, and exploring opportunities to drive long-term positive environmental impact."

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