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LOFS Support for Farmers and Crofters in Scotland

Scottish farmers have been producing safe, traceable and nutritious food for generations. Imports post Brexit will potentially mean double standards across the food sector. Farmers understand what this means – but do our customers? Will shoppers continue to make their purchase decisions on price?

On 7th June 2020, hun­dreds of farm­ers across Britain will be open­ing their farm gates for the 15th anniver­sary of LEAF Open Farm Sun­day. The farm­ing industry’s annu­al open day is a prime oppor­tu­ni­ty for farm­ers and crofters from Dum­fries to the Shet­land Isles to pro­mote our fan­tas­tic Scot­tish prove­nance sto­ry whilst build­ing rela­tion­ships and trust with consumers. 

LEAF Open Farm Sun­day has teamed up with Scot­tish Agri­tourism Mon­i­tor Farm Pro­gramme to host a spe­cial infor­ma­tion pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing their Telling your farm­ing sto­ry” event on Tues­day 10 March 2020. The pre­sen­ta­tion, which will be deliv­ered from 3.30pm to 5pm, will be led by Scot­tish LOFS Coor­di­na­tor Rebec­ca Dawes who will be joined by some pre­vi­ous LEAF Open Farm Sun­day host farm­ers to share top tips for plan­ning, activ­i­ties, health and safe­ty, pro­mo­tion and tak­ing those first steps. 

Rebec­ca com­ment­ed: Host­ing an event on LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is ful­ly flex­i­ble to enable farm­ers to get what they want from it allow­ing you to decide if your event is for 10 peo­ple or 100, for one-hour or a full day. For farms with a diver­si­fi­ca­tion it is a no-brain­er: a recent sur­vey of farm­ers with a diver­si­fi­ca­tion who had host­ed a LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event showed that 96% of them report­ed a notice­able pos­i­tive impact on their diver­si­fied business.”

NFU Scot­land Vice Pres­i­dent Mar­tin Kennedy, along with his fam­i­ly, opened their gates at Lur­gan Farm in High­land Perthshire last year for the first time and, accord­ing to Mar­tin: We’ve got the Open Farm Sun­day bug!”

It takes a leap of faith throw­ing open your farm gates to the pub­lic as part of Open Farm Sun­day but now that we have done it once, the June event will be a per­ma­nent fix­ture on our cal­en­dar. With more than 200 vis­i­tors to our hill farm, where we treat­ed them to cows, ewes, seeds, soil, trac­tor and trail­er rides, bio­di­ver­si­ty and con­ser­va­tion, you can’t put a val­ue on what that kind of engage­ment means to the future of food and farming.” 

The LEAF Open Farm Sun­day infor­ma­tion ses­sion is on Tues­day 10 March 2020 from 3.30pm to 5pm at Kil­marnock Mil­len­ni­um Hall, Gar­tocharn, G83 8NF. Reg­is­tra­tion is encour­aged at https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/QHU (more infor­ma­tion avail­able here) or phone Rebec­ca 07792 467730. If you would like to attend the full Scot­tish Agri­tourism Mon­i­tor Farm meet­ing it com­mences at 10am — please note this when you register. 

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