Are You Opening Your Farm This Sunday?

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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.

 

Open Farm Sunday

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Many farmers may be unaware of what “Open Farm Sunday” is although its widespread appeal cannot be denied with the nationwide event, which takes place on June 5th, having attracted 1.6 million visitors since its inception in 2006.

Organised by Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf), Open Farm Sunday, as the name alludes to, 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.  Leaf offers free help and support, including access to local co-ordinators to those farmers thinking of participating.  Leaf also provides 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.

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Open Farm Sunday

Since 2006 over 1,300 farmers in England and Wales have been opening their gates for annual open days to help educate the public as to what exactly happens on a working farm and, in particular, how it relates to the food we eat.  The scheme is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and is proving to be a huge success with over 1.2 million farm visitors since its inception.

More farmers in Wales are being encouraged to join in the scheme, particularly after a shocking survey undertaken by LEAF revealed that 1 in 3 children in Wales have never heard “live” animal sounds, only ever having heard them on TV or on computers.  Even more worrying is the fact that they did not associate many of the foods they eat with farming, some not even knowing that bacon comes from pigs nor that carrots grow in the ground.

Registration for the scheme is free and offers members access to resources to help organise the open days.  The events need not be on a grand scale – an interested farmer could perhaps just invite a local school or some of his neighbours for a short walk around the land and answer a few questions.  It’s also hoped that visitors will become aware of the farmer’s role in maintaining the countryside, as well as feeding the nation.  Feedback from farmers taking part in the scheme has been encouraging, with 97% reporting real business benefits from the open day.

Open Farm Sunday 2015 took place in early June, but if you are interested in encouraging the public to connect with farming, the scheme in ongoing.

Visit Open Farm Sunday to find out more.