All farms participating in Fair to Nature are required to draw up a farm environment plan (FEP) containing various environmental statements, farm policies & procedures.
These records must be drawn up according to Fair to Nature guidelines (as detailed in the Protocol and also during the induction training course).
These records and plans form a key part of the annual compliance audit carried out by NSF Certification.
The key elements farmers are required to have recorded on file are summarised as follows:
- Farm details and summary
- A farm habitat summary sheet highlighting the total farm area, the Fair to Nature farmed area, and a list of the required Fair to Nature habitats and areas (sizes)
- A map ideally to scale 1:10,000 or larger annotating key environmental, ecological and heritage features of the farm, and the habitat locations
- The farm’s animal husbandry policy (where appropriate)
- The farm’s crop husbandry policy
- The farm’s pollution, waste and energy management policies
- The farm’s Soil Management Plan, Nutrient Management Plan, Manure Management Plan and Crop Protection Management Plan
- The farm’s Mycotoxin risk assessment
- Details of the food products being produced to Fair to Nature standards
- A short statement of the farmer’s vision for realising the full ecological potential of the farm