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Farmers unite to showcase British farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday was back this weekend, making memories and changing perceptions. Over 250 farms across Britain opened their gates to tens of thousands of visitors on Sunday, showcasing British farming and all it delivers on farming’s annual open day. Across the country fields and farmyards filled with chatter and laughter from interested and engaged families, all looking to learn more about how their food is produced, the countryside is managed and what it is like to have a career in farming.

Every event was unique, show­cas­ing their own farm­ing sto­ry from arable, hor­ti­cul­ture and live­stock to agro-forestry and fish­eries, but all unit­ed with the same aim — to demon­strate the industry’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­i­ty, bio­di­ver­si­ty, cli­mate mit­i­ga­tion, deliv­er­ing nutri­tious food and a well-man­aged coun­try­side. This year the over­ar­ch­ing theme of health’ allowed scope for farm­ers to play to their strengths and cre­ate inno­v­a­tive activ­i­ties and displays. 

Vis­it­ing a work­ing farm pro­vides a bril­liant oppor­tu­ni­ty for peo­ple to talk direct­ly with the farm­ers that pro­duce their food, and real­ly grasp what is involved in sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion, a top­ic that is at the fore­front of many house­holds. Aside from learn­ing about the impor­tance of healthy crops and live­stock, vis­i­tors had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er the impor­tance of soil and water health, bio­di­ver­si­ty and habi­tat man­age­ment and so much more.

Vis­i­tors includ­ed two Defra Min­is­ters, Lord Beny­on who vis­it­ed Row Farm in Berk­shire and Farm­ing Min­is­ter Vic­to­ria Prentis who vis­it­ed D’Oyley’s Farm, near Oxford, a regen­er­a­tive fam­i­ly farm man­aged by the White fam­i­ly for three gen­er­a­tions. Min­is­ter Pren­tis, said: It was a plea­sure to vis­it D’Oyley’s Farm to cel­e­brate LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day. So many farm­ers across the coun­try are will­ing to wel­come vis­i­tors to their farms and show­case the work that they do and it’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty not to miss.”

British farm­ers are doing a tremen­dous job in deliv­er­ing high-qual­i­ty pro­duce that is both sus­tain­able and nutri­tious, and it is won­der­ful to see their com­mit­ment to inspir­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion to enter the industry.”

Annabel Shack­le­ton, LEAF Open Farm Sun­day man­ag­er said: With the public’s grow­ing con­scious­ness around the envi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­i­ty, farming’s annu­al open day is more impor­tant than ever, to build sup­port for British farm­ing and food and show­case every­thing farm­ing deliv­ers. It also high­lights the diverse career oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able for future gen­er­a­tions with­in the agri­cul­tur­al sector.”

The feed­back from indus­try and vis­i­tors has been huge­ly pos­i­tive. Ms Shack­le­ton con­grat­u­lat­ed all involved: We’d like to say a big thank you to every­one who made LEAF Open Farm Sun­day 2022 anoth­er huge suc­cess, par­tic­u­lar­ly all the host farm­ers, vol­un­teers and our spon­sors.”

LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is a true col­lab­o­ra­tion work­ing with our prin­ci­pal spon­sors: AHDB, Arla Foods, Asda, BASF, Co-op, Defra, Farm­ers Week­ly, Fron­tier Agri­cul­ture, John Deere, LEAF Mar­que, NFU, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Wait­rose. All of which play a huge part in encour­ag­ing farm­ers to get involved, pro­mot­ing the event to the pub­lic, as well as sup­port on the day.”

The day was also a fit­ting trib­ute to Car­o­line Drum­mond MBE, the dri­ving force behind LOFS, who died last month. Ms Shack­le­ton said: See­ing hun­dreds of fam­i­lies at events was a fit­ting trib­ute to Car­o­line Drum­mond, who always loved to see the pub­lic on farm learn­ing about this indus­try we’re all so pas­sion­ate about. The sun­shine brought Caroline’s warmth to so many as host farm­ers remem­bered her. At the end of the day, reg­u­lar LOFS hosts, FarmE­co in Not­ting­hamshire, paid trib­ute to CD’ and sang along to a band play­ing Sweet Car­o­line.”

Ms Shack­le­ton added: There is such inter­est in where our food comes from and now more than ever a desire to bet­ter under­stand all that our farm­ers do. By tak­ing part in LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, farm­ers can con­tin­ue to sup­port the pub­lic to be more con­scious con­sumers and encour­age fur­ther sup­port for British food and farm­ing. After yesterday’s tremen­dous suc­cess we ask all of our cur­rent and future host farm­ers to put next year’s date in their diary now!”

Next year’s LEAF Open Farm Sun­day will take place on Sun­day 11th June 2023.

For more infor­ma­tion on how farm­ers can be involved, vis­it www​.farm​sun​day​.org. To keep up to date with the LEAF Open Farm Sun­day cam­paign on social media, fol­low @OpenFarmSunday, @LEAF_Farming and @AnnabelOFS.

Read the full press release here.

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