This Sunday, over 1,500 farmers across the UK will be opening their farms for visitors as part of Open Farm Sunday. Although some people are still unaware of what “Open Farm Sunday” is, its widespread appeal cannot be denied. Since its inception in 2006 farmers have welcomed 1.8 million visitors to their farms for one Sunday each year.
Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), it seeks to encourage farmers to open their farms up to members of the public for a day to share the farm experience. Farmers are encouraged to plan events that are manageable and should be reminded that they need not put on an extravagant show for hundreds of people. Activities may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, demonstrations, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmer’s market or farm shop.
LEAF offer free help and support, including access to local coordinators, practical support and advice regarding issues such as health and safety.
The event gives farmers a great opportunity to share their enthusiasm for farming and offers potential business benefits too, with the opportunity for farms to raise their local profile and improve community relations.
If you would like to find out more about Open Farm Sunday you can log on to: www.farmsunday.org
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.