The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is committing levy support for Open Farm Sunday. 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. Further information on AHDB can be found at www.ahdb.org.uk.
One in four British dairy farmers are an owner of Arla Foods, a global dairy cooperative and the largest dairy company in the UK. Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic initiative and one that Arla is delighted to support again this year, for the 10th year in a row. Across the UK, Arla farmers will open their gates and show the public what it takes to make milk, nature’s original superfood. With Arla farmers being both owners and producers of Arla’s products, Open Farm Sunday is a great way to say thank you to the public for its support in making Arla a leading supplier of fresh milk, number one in butter, spreads and cream and the largest cheese manufacturer in the UK.
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.
At BASF we believe farming is the biggest job on earth and it continues to get more complex. That’s why we work with farmers across the UK to find the right balance for success — supporting profitable, quality, and sustainable food production. We are proud to be part of LEAF initiatives like Open Farm Sunday, allowing farmers to demonstrate the hard work and passion that goes into putting food on tables now, and for future generations.
At the Co-op, we support the UK farming industry and promote British food. This can be seen in our commitment to only sell 100% British fresh and frozen meat in our own brand products. From fresh beef, chicken, pork and sausages to the meat in our sandwiches, chilled pies and ready meals – we make it easy for our customers to choose British. We have created long-term, sustainable relationships with farmers and suppliers, so that our supply chains, which are built on honesty, fairness and trust, are completely transparent for all to see. We are 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.
John Deere is delighted to join Open Farm Sunday once again as the project’s machinery sponsor. As well as being the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural, turf, construction & forestry equipment, education and the environment are two of the key principles of our worldwide business. Open Farm Sunday provides an ideal opportunity, not only to show a wider public audience how advanced farming technologies are being applied to the benefit of farming, efficient food production and sound environmental management, including the reduction of harmful emissions, but also to encourage young people to consider a challenging and worthwhile career in farming and agricultural engineering.
LEAF Marque is a leading global assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products. LEAF Marque certified businesses have been independently verified against the robust LEAF Marque Standard, which implements more environmentally sustainable farming practices through Integrated Farm Management (IFM). LEAF Marque builds confidence among consumers and give farmers recognition for their commitment to more sustainable farming.
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.
The NFU has supported 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 Open Farm Sunday events this year a success. For more information about resources available please email [email protected]
As a UK retailer, we’re proud to support British producers. As well as boosting the national economy, we’re reducing food transport miles. We’ve built strong relationships through our UK Farmer and Grower Development Groups and are working with these suppliers to develop a more resilient and sustainable British agricultural industry. We’ve made a commitment to continue to invest in the future of British farming. Open Farm Sunday demonstrates 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 this year.
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 this year.
Waitrose & Partners
Waitrose & Partners is delighted to sponsor Open Farm Sunday, supporting this showcase day for British farming. It is a great day out and a fantastic opportunity to see how your food is produced and how farmers take care of the countryside. At Waitrose & Partners we are passionate about selling great tasting British food and we’re really excited that many of the brilliant farmers and growers who supply us will be opening their farms this year.
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