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UK food and farming sector unites for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018

With public access to the natural environment very much on the agenda, LEAF Open Farm Sunday is once again at the forefront of uniting the UK food and farming industry to demonstrate to the public all that British farmers deliver. This key industry initiative is unique in bringing together partners from across the whole food and farming sector for a day of celebration - from farmers and processors through to retailers and associated organisations.

The breadth of indus­try sup­port is reflect­ed in this year’s LEAF Open Farm Sun­day spon­sors, announced this week: Arla Foods, Asda, BASF plc, Co-op, Defra, Fron­tier Agri­cul­ture, John Deere, LEAF Mar­que, Marks & Spencer, The Nation­al Farm­ers’ Union, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Wait­rose and the Agri­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­ture Devel­op­ment Board, plus media part­ner, Farm­ers Weekly. 

Car­o­line Drum­mond, Chief Exec­u­tive of LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing), the organ­is­ers of LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, explained the sig­nif­i­cance of this sup­port: The need to con­nect peo­ple with farm­ing and what it deliv­ers has nev­er been more impor­tant. LEAF Open Farm Sun­day pro­vides the per­fect plat­form to show­case the whole farm­ing indus­try and the val­ues, qual­i­ty and high stan­dards deliv­ered by farm­ers and grow­ers. By unit­ing our world-lead­ing food and farm­ing sec­tor through LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, we are enabling over a quar­ter of a mil­lion peo­ple to expe­ri­ence farm­ing first hand, get their ques­tions answered and build trust and under­stand­ing in farm­ing and all it deliv­ers. This col­lab­o­ra­tion is key. A huge thank you from LEAF to all our spon­sors for back­ing LEAF Open Farm Sun­day 2018 and to all our host farm­ers and their helpers for putting on engag­ing events which are hav­ing such a pos­i­tive impact.” 

Sec­re­tary of State Michael Gove said: Open Farm Sun­day is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive to con­nect us all to the coun­try­side and help us under­stand what’s involved in farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion. I am delight­ed to see so many organ­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing the impor­tant work of LEAF

The role that farm­ers play in enabling access and enjoy­ment of our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side is, in my view, an impor­tant pub­lic good that we should all val­ue. I am look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing one of the hun­dreds of farms which will be open to the pub­lic on 10 June.” 

The theme for 2018 is The Great British Farm Day’ and to sup­port farm­ers who are open­ing, LEAF has a wide range of free resources to help farm­ers plan their event and to use on the day, includ­ing a hand­book, posters, engag­ing activ­i­ties and lots of case stud­ies with top tips avail­able online at www​.farm​sun​day​.org. Plus the team of Region­al Co-ordi­na­tors is on hand to answer ques­tions and offer advice . 

Jere­my Pad­field, LEAF Open Farm Sun­day Region­al Co-ordi­na­tor for the South West urges more farm­ers and relat­ed busi­ness­es to take part: Farm­ing needs the sup­port of the pub­lic more than ever and as an indus­try we need to share our sto­ry. We have to be trans­par­ent and open about what we do and engage in a dia­logue with con­sumers, to edu­cate, gain their trust and to answer their ques­tions in an hon­est, open man­ner. The more farm­ers that open for LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, the greater the impact the day will have. Per­son­al­ly, it is huge­ly reward­ing to be able to speak direct­ly with the pub­lic and talk about our work which we are so proud of.” 

To view the full press release click here.

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