The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is committing levy support for Open Farm Sunday through its divisions – cereals & oilseeds, dairy, beef & lamb, horticulture, pork and potato. This commitment forms part of AHDB’s strategy to raise awareness among consumers of food and where it comes from and to highlight farmers’ role in producing food and managing the countryside. AHDB is an evidence-based levy board with a pivotal role to make the industry sectors it supports more competitive and sustainable. It is funded by farmers, growers and processors in the supply chain through statutory levies.
Arla Foods is a cooperative owned by dairy farmers. The cooperative ethos means we all work together to continuously create something stronger and better, for the benefit of our farm owners. This principle has always been at the heart of everything we do and it is why we are still here today, and going strong, over 100 years after Arla first started.
At Asda we believe that the best friend to the British farmer is the well-informed consumer which is why we are a principal sponsor of Open Farm Sunday. Open Farm Sunday encourages farmers, across the entire food chain, to open their farm gates to the public. The aim is to build a greater connection between farmers and their local community, ultimately educating consumers about where food comes from. For farmers the length and breadth of Great Britain, this provides a fantastic opportunity. It means they can publicise their presence in the local community and teach others about the countryside and what it means to be a British farmer.
BASF’s pledge to sponsor LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday echoes the company’s widely supported campaign Farming the Biggest Job on Earth. “LEAF’s role in promoting and integrated approach to farming by balancing production with the environment and by the promotion of best practice between farmers and with consumers has been exceptional since the organisation was founded over 20 years ago. It is important that companies like ours, working with farmers, show our open support of LEAF and the essential role it plays in promoting sustainable agricultural production and the opportunities this presents to get the wider community out onto farm for a unique experience.” Rob Gladwin, Head of Sustainability, BASF Crop Protection.
At the Co-op, we’ve always supported the UK farming industry and promoted British food. Our 4.3 million members – and many more customers – tell us that they want to know where their food comes from, that it confirms to animal welfare standards and that it doesn’t have adverse impacts on the environment. We have created long-term, sustainable relationships with almost 2,000 farms and 500 suppliers so that our supply chains, which are built on honesty, fairness and trust, are completely transparent for all to see. What’s more, in May we will become the first major UK retailer to stock 100% own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey. That’s why we’re proud to be a Principal Sponsor of farming’s national open day and support many of our farmers to open to the public on Open Farm Sunday.
Defra is pleased to continue supporting the excellent work of Open Farm Sunday in encouraging people, particularly from our cities and towns, to re-connect with food production and the natural environment. Showcasing the best of British farming - one that is innovative and productive as well as improves the environment - helps the public have full trust and confidence in our food and the welfare of our animals. We’d like people of all ages to know where their food comes from and how they can work with farmers for the benefit of their local community. Farm visits play an important part in helping people, especially children, to learn more about nature and food production allowing schools to use the farm as an ‘outdoor classroom’.
Farmers Weekly is the leading farming publication in the UK and is pleased to be the official media partner for Open Farm Sunday. Connecting consumers with the people who grow their food and care for the countryside is vital for the long term health of the industry. Farmers Weekly has a proud history of representing and informing readers, and is pleased to support the many farmers hosting events as they get ready for the big day.
Frontier Agriculture is the UK’s leading crop production and grain marketing business, recognised for its close customer relationships with farmers and grain consumers and its successful management of the whole arable supply chain. Frontier recognises the importance of educating people about how their food is produced in a sustainable way and is delighted to support its farmer customers and the wider farming industry through its involvement with Open Farm Sunday.
The LEAF Marque is the leading environmental food label that demonstrates that the food you buy is grown with care for the future of our environment, wildlife and countryside. LEAF Marque certified farmers are actively improving the environment and we want all people to visit LEAF Marque certified farms to see how farmers are caring for the countryside and how their food is produced.
Marks and Spencer are a specialist, high quality food retailer focusing on freshness, speciality and convenience. We value the high standards of our farmers, so we are doing all we can to support them and help maintain a prosperous British agricultural industry. Research has shown us that our customers want to know more about where their food comes from, and they want closer links to the farmers who produce it. Our farmers and growers are passionate about the high quality food they supply for Marks and Spencer. So we like to recognise their hard work and help protect British agriculture by supporting various events throughout the year. We are therefore delighted to be a Principal Sponsor of Open Farm Sunday 2016.
The NFU has supported LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday since its launch back in 2006, and we are delighted to be a principal sponsor once again this year. Communicating the importance of Backing British Farming and how farming delivers for Britain is a key aim for the NFU and Open Farm Sunday provides the perfect opportunity for many of our members to open up their farm gates and connect with the people around them. We are also very happy to be continuing our support providing farmers with the information and resource they need to make their 2016 Open Farm Sunday events a success. For more information about resources available please email email@example.com
We know that British sourcing matters to us, to our customers, and to the 2500 farmers and growers across the UK who supply us. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to invest in the future of British farming, and to be the leading retailer for British produce. Open Farm Sunday is a key part of this commitment – it’s our opportunity to show our support for British farmers who want to open their doors to the public and demonstrate together how vibrant, exciting and dynamic British agriculture is. We are very proud to be a Principal Sponsor of Open Farm Sunday in 2017.
We have a long-term commitment to help children have a healthier and happier relationship with food. We believe that if children understand more about food and where it comes from, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up. We want to help children see, up close, where their food is grown and hear about how it’s made - from the experts who produce it. So we’re delighted to be a principal sponsor of Open Farm Sunday 2016
Waitrose is delighted to sponsor Open Farm Sunday, and to support this showcase day for British farming. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to spend a fun day out seeing how their food is produced, and how farmers take care of the countryside around them. Waitrose is passionate about selling great tasting British food and is proud of the many farmers and growers who supply it, many of whom will be opening their farms on this day.
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