Will White. Credit: SustainWill joined as Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator at Sustain in September 2023, and has a background in implementing Agroecological farming methods and managing vineyards in Somerset. Outside of his farming expertise, Will has previously worked on issues surrounding food poverty, having coordinated food bank collection campaigns in Bristol and near Manchester. Will is a dedicated advocate for nature friendly farming and fairness across the entirety of the food supply chain.

Sustainable Farming Working Party

Sustain runs a Sustainable Farming Working Party to share thinking and experience, exploring policy options and networking opportunities as well as setting up research projects. Let us know if you want to be involved and let us know of any related work you are doing. Current members of the Working Party include:

  • Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
  • Real Farming Trust
  • Centre for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Management (University of Hertfordshire)
  • Centre for Food Policy (City, University of London)
  • Client Earth
  • Community Supported Agriculture Network UK
  • Country Trust
  • CPRE, the countryside charity
  • Dung Beetles for Farmers
  • Eating Better Alliance
  • Ecological Land Cooperative
  • Fairtrade Foundation
  • Family Farmers Association
  • Farm and Wildlife Advisory Group SW
  • Feedback Global
  • Food Ethics Council
  • Food Foundation
  • Forum for the Future
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Growing Communities
  • Better Food Traders
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Kindling Trust
  • Landworkers' Alliance
  • National Federation of Women's Institutes
  • National Trust
  • Nature Friendly Farming Network
  • New Economics Foundation
  • Nourish Scotland
  • Organic Farmers & Growers
  • Compassion in World Farming
  • Organic Research Centre
  • Organic Trade Board
  • Pasture for Life
  • People Need Nature
  • Pesticide Action Network UK
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Shared Assets
  • Soil Association
  • Sustainable Food Trust
  • Sustainable Soils Alliance
  • Agrivillages International
  • The Orchard Project
  • Trade Justice Movement
  • Traidcraft Exchange
  • Unite The Union
  • Wildlife & Countryside Link
  • Whole Health Agriculture
  • WWF-UK

Sustain actively supports other independent networks, alliances and activities including:

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, aiming to reduce the overuse of antibiotics on farms. Sustain sits on the steering group of this initiative.

The Eating Better Alliance, helping people move towards eating less and better meat that’s better for us and the planet. Sustain sits on the board.

The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, established to consider how we can achieve a safe and inclusive food system, a flourishing rural economy and an accessible countryside.

The Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, championing policies to increase the production and consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The Food Research Collaboration at City, University of London facilitates joint working by academics and civil society to improve the UK food system. Sustain sits on the advisory group for the collaboration.

Greener UK is a group of 13 environmental organisations to restore and enhance the UK’s environment. Sustain sits on Greener UK working groups.

The Groceries Code Action Network calls for an extension of the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to protect farmers from unfair trading practices. Sustain co-founded the Groceries Code Action Network.

The Sustainable Soils Alliance works to reverse the current soil health crisis. Sustain works closely with this alliance through advocacy.

The Trade Justice Movement is a UK coalition calling for trade rules that work for people and planet. Sustain is supports the Trade Justice Movement’s calls.

Wildlife and Countryside Link brings together 46 environment and animal protection organisations to advocate for the conservation and protection of wildlife, countryside and the marine environment.


Sustain’s work on sustainable farming policy is supported by:

  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • John Ellerman Foundation
  • Lush Foundation
  • Network for Social Change

Sustainable Farming Campaign: Sustain encourages integration of sustainable food and farming into local, regional and national government policies.

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