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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.

Tak­ing place on 5th June 2016, Open Farm Sun­day will see hun­dreds of farm­ers across the coun­try open­ing their gates to the pub­lic to help them dis­cov­er the world of farm­ing, from how farm­ers grow crops for food, cloth­ing, med­i­cine and fuel through to the sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy behind British farm­ing. Since its launch in 2006, Open Farm Sun­day has seen over 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple vis­it a farm to learn about the vital work farm­ers do. LEAF is esti­mat­ing 400 farms will open this year and between them, will wel­come over a quar­ter of a mil­lion visitors.

Annabel Shack­le­ton, LEAF’s Open Farm Sun­day Man­ag­er, said: Open Farm Sun­day unites the whole indus­try. We are delight­ed to have been work­ing with most of our spon­sors for many years. Their ongo­ing and long stand­ing sup­port shows their deep com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it a farm, learn more about British agri­cul­ture and how it impacts on everyone’s lives.” 

The sup­port demon­strates just how valu­able Open Farm Sun­day is to the indus­try and the con­tin­u­ing impor­tance of con­nect­ing farm­ers with con­sumers. Our thanks to each of our spon­sors and we look for­ward to work­ing togeth­er with them to ensure the con­tin­ued suc­cess of Open Farm Sunday.” 

Farm­ers wish­ing to open their farms, are asked to reg­is­ter their event at www​.farm​sun​day​.org. LEAF is also organ­is­ing a pro­gramme of FREE events offer­ing sup­port, advice and inspi­ra­tion for both new and expe­ri­enced host farm­ers. Details of all events can be found at www​.farm​sun​day​.org.

New for Open Farm Sun­day 2016, is a refreshed web­site that will be launched in ear­ly April. There, farm­ers will have access to new fea­tures and resources to help inspire their vis­i­tors about all aspects of farm­ing, includ­ing the sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy behind it.

To read the full press release please click here.

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