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Stay up to date with all the latest news on Open Farm Sunday and Open Farm School Days. Look out for details of the new initiatives, themes, partnerships, figures and dates for the diary…

Help build public trust in farming on 11th June 2017

Chief Executive Caroline Drummond MBE encourages farmers to open for Open Farm Sunday 2017.

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Hot off the press

The campaign for Open Farm Sunday 2017 is off to fabulous start with the farming press getting right behind our push to encourage more farmers to open for Open Farm Sunday on 11th June 2017.

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LEAF to hold webinar for first time Open Farm Sunday hosts

To help farmers who are thinking of opening for Open Farm Sunday for the first time this year, organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is holding a free webinar to offer ideas, information and tips for those inviting the public onto their farms.

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Open Farm Sunday Bitesize webinars announced

To help famers prepare for next year’s Open Farm Sunday, organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced a new programme of free webinars, to give farmers ideas, information and tips for inviting the public onto their farms.

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LEAF calls on farmers to stand proud on Open Farm Sunday 2017

‘Open your gates for next year’s Open Farm Sunday on 11th June and proudly show the public all that you achieve and the breadth of goods and services you deliver.’ That’s the message to farmers from LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), as registrations for Open Farm Sunday 2017 open on 1st November.

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LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday continues to drive forward public engagement with farming and food production

LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday once again sees more than 250,000 people visit a farm | One in five visitors had never visited a farm before | One in four farmers hosted an Open Farm Sunday event for the first time | LEAF announces new Public Engagement Conference for 12th September 2016

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Open Farm Sunday 2016 – Public engagement reaches new high

Visitors to Open Farm Sunday once again exceeded over a quarter of a million. 85% increase in Open Farm Sunday Facebook followers. #OFS16 trended on Twitter on Open Farm Sunday

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Consumers lacking knowledge to support British farmers

Half of consumers think we should produce more food in Britain, but 95% are unaware how much food is already grown here. More than a quarter say they buy more British food than they did five years ago, and the same number are happy to pay more for British food. Many consumers still struggle with basic food knowledge: nearly a quarter of consumers do not know eggs come from chickens, or that bacon comes from pigs

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Consumers unaware of farming’s scope and value

Two thirds of consumers are unaware farmers grow crops for medicine, cosmetics, rope and paper. Over 90% of consumers are unaware how much UK land is used for agriculture and the value of the sector to the UK economy. Less than half of those questioned realise that farmers care for and manage the countryside

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Top Food and Farming organisations back this year’s Open Farm Sunday

Top names from across the food and farming sectors are once again, united in their support of Open Farm Sunday – farming’s national open day. Organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), has announced long term supporters, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Arla Food, Asda, BASF, Defra, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers’ Union, Tesco, The Co-Operative Food and Waitrose will once again, be supporting the initiative. In addition, two new sponsors – cereals brand, Jordans and retailer, Sainsbury’s, are also sponsoring Open Farm Sunday 2016.

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New farm science resources announced for host farmers

BBSRC has funded three new public engagement projects to produce on-farm activities that will inspire and educate people about the science behind farming and food production. The activities will be used by farmers and visiting scientists at LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday on 5 June 2016.

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