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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.

As the sec­tor is work­ing to deter­mine what a post-ref­er­en­dum farm­ing indus­try is going to look like, there has nev­er been a more crit­i­cal time for farm­ers to demon­strate the vital role they play in deliv­er­ing a wide range of pub­lic goods, beyond food pro­duc­tion. This includes man­ag­ing the coun­try­side, its wildlife, our nat­ur­al resources such as water, air and soil, and con­tribut­ing to a sta­ble cli­mate and resilience to flooding. 

Car­o­line Drum­mond, Chief Exec­u­tive of LEAF explains: Open Farm Sun­day pro­vides the per­fect plat­form for farm­ers to shine a light on what they deliv­er and why sup­port­ing British farm­ing mat­ters. Every­one can and should get involved in Open Farm Sun­day, regard­less of the type or size of farm and help the pub­lic dis­cov­er the world of farming.” 

To help more farm­ers host an event, LEAF is devel­op­ing a new pro­gramme of webi­na­rs, blogs, Q&A ses­sions and case stud­ies to give farm­ers the knowl­edge, ideas and con­fi­dence to invite the pub­lic onto their farm. A team of eight Open Farm Sun­day Region­al Co-ordi­na­tors and LEAF staff are on hand to sup­port farmers. 

As the go-to organ­i­sa­tion deliv­er­ing sus­tain­able farm­ing, LEAF is devel­op­ing activ­i­ty ideas and resources to help host farm­ers show the pub­lic what sus­tain­able farm­ing is all about. 

Annabel Shack­le­ton, LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day Man­ag­er added, Farm­ing is a sec­tor which impacts on all our lives, yet so many peo­ple know so lit­tle about it. From our research it is clear that Open Farm Sun­day is help­ing to bridge the gap between farm­ing and the pub­lic. This year’s vis­i­tor feed­back high­light­ed that one in five had nev­er vis­it­ed a farm before and near­ly 90% of them learnt some­thing new about farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion dur­ing their visit.” 

All farm­ers can get involved — whether host­ing a farm walk for 20 or more neigh­bours, or open­ing for hun­dreds of vis­i­tors, each event is equal­ly impor­tant. LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day will have an increas­ing­ly impor­tant role in the industry’s pub­lic engage­ment activ­i­ties as we face a new, chal­leng­ing, yet excit­ing era as we pre­pare to leave the Euro­pean Union.” 

For more infor­ma­tion on how to get involved or to reg­is­ter an Open Farm Sun­day event from 1st Novem­ber, vis­it www​.farm​sun​day​.org. To keep up to date on Twit­ter fol­low @OpenFarmSunday, @LEAF_Farming and @AnnabelOFS  

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