Leading daffodil grower-packer becomes latest grower to join LEAF’s network of demonstration farms

Cornwall's Varfell Farms has joined the LEAF network of demonstration farms

Cornwall’s Varfell Farms has joined the LEAF network of demonstration farms

Varfell Farms, the world’s leading grower and packer of daffodil flowers and bulbs, was formally launched yesterday (28 March) as a LEAF Demonstration Farm in recognition of its cutting-edge sustainable farming practices.

Based at Long Rock, Penzance, along the Cornish coast, Varfell is also one of the UK’s largest agri-business firms, supplying blooms and bulbs to multiple retailers including M&S, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys, B&Q and exporting into Europe.

As well as daffodils, the business grows over 1 million stems of agapanthus and peonies. The farm has been LEAF Marque certified since 2012.

The farm is also at the forefront of driving innovation and uses the latest automation technology such as optical grades, GPS, drones, satellite imagery, radar and lidar to drive efficiencies across the business.

Welcoming Varfell Farms as a LEAF Demonstration Farm, LEAF’s technical director Vicky Robinson said: “We are delighted to welcome Varfell Farms as LEAF’s first cut flower Demonstration Farm as we embark on an exciting new era and look to strengthen the breadth of sectors in the LEAF Network. It is absolutely critical that we link up with leading businesses to promote best practice and thinking into more sustainable, regenerative growing techniques across a wide range of farming sectors.

“Varfell Farms is leading the way in what can be achieved as we accelerate sustainable, regenerative farming in the cut flower industry. The work being carried out here, the commitment of everyone involved throughout the business will bring a wealth of expertise and crucial information on the role and development of Integrated Farm Management in this sector.”

The farm is a world-leading producer of daffodils

The farm is a world-leading producer of daffodils

As a LEAF Demonstration Farm, Varfell will act as an important local and national hub for demonstration, learning and knowledge exchange. As well as hosting visits for other growers, it will offer a ‘living classroom’ for a broad range of community groups to see more integrated, climate positive practices in action.

Simon Gardner, farms director at Varfell Farms, added: “We are hugely excited about the opportunities this partnership will offer to drive forward greater uptake of more climate positive approaches in our sector. Being a LEAF Demonstration Farm will help improve understanding of what more regenerative farming looks like in action and how all elements of a growing system work together in a holistic way to optimise not just environmental, but also social and economic sustainabilit