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Make a date to discover the world of farming

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming.

As well as being a fun and infor­ma­tive day out for all the fam­i­ly, LEAF Open Farm Sun­day also gives vis­i­tors the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see first-hand all that farm­ers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.

This so often mis­un­der­stood indus­try has a vital role in not only pro­duc­ing safe nutri­tious food, but also using the lat­est sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy to farm sus­tain­ably – that means increas­ing pro­duc­tion whilst man­ag­ing the envi­ron­ment for wildlife and enhanc­ing our nat­ur­al resources for gen­er­a­tions to come. 

Since the first Open Farm Sun­day in 2006 over 1.8m peo­ple have vis­it­ed a LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event. This year, farms across the coun­try, from Corn­wall to Orkney, will pro­vide young and old with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to see farm­ing in action and learn more about the work farm­ers are so proud to do. 

The most­ly free events will offer a range of activ­i­ties from trac­tor trail­er rides, farm walks and bug hunts, to feed­ing lambs, sheep shear­ing and milk­ing demon­stra­tions. The tech­nol­o­gy and sci­ence behind farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion will also be a focus; pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with a fas­ci­nat­ing insight into the world of farming. 

Open Farm Sun­day is man­aged by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing); the lead­ing organ­i­sa­tion deliv­er­ing more sus­tain­able food and farm­ing. Annabel Shack­le­ton, Open Farm Sun­day Man­ag­er at LEAF com­ment­ed: Mod­ern farm­ing is incred­i­bly diverse and impacts on all of us — from the clothes we wear to the med­i­cines we take and the food we eat. Farm­ing plays a vital part in each of our lives. LEAF Open Farm Sun­day gives us the rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to see farm­ing in real life and to learn about the hard work, care and pride that goes into the work farm­ers do, which is so vital to the envi­ron­ment, our lives and the economy.’ 

So cir­cle the date in your diary, vis­it www​.farm​sun​day​.org to find your local open farm, pull on your wellies and get set to dis­cov­er the world of farming!

Click here to view the full press release.

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