Ali Capper, Stocks Farm, Herefordshire/Worcestershire
Ali Capper runs Stocks Farm, a 200 year old hop and fruit farm on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, in partnership with her husband and father in law. The farm has been in the Capper family for more than half a century and is proud to be one of the UK's leading hop producers. Part of their commitment to farming sustainably is to develop the family business in a way that involves and benefits the local community. Getting involved in LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017, was a key part of this. Ali Capper tells us more…
Teresa Pickworth, Whitacre Hall, Coleshill, West Midlands
Teresa Pickworth and her husband Carl farm Whitacre Hall, near Coleshill in the West Midlands. The 380 acre arable farm is working towards gaining mid-tier stewardship, with ancient woodland, ponds and traditional English bluebells just some of the features on the farm which they want to share with visitors. They took part in LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017.
Nick Hendy, Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, Langford Budville, Somerset
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is a family run 40 acre farm near Langford Budville in Somerset. Always looking at ways to make the business stand out from their competitors and help boost sales, the Hendy family, Reg and Ann, and their sons and daughters-in-law Shaun & Trudy and Nick & Clare, opened for LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017. Here Nick tells us why they decided to take part and how it has benefitted the business.
James Lumley, Oldershaws of Moulton Ltd, Lincolnshire
Oldershaws of Moulton Ltd is a 2,000 acre business growing onions and shallots for Moulton Bulb Company Ltd in addition to processing and packing potatoes and other traditional Lincolnshire crops of winter wheat, peas and sugar beet. Potatoes go to all major UK supermarkets including Asda, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and the Co-op. As part of the farms overall strategy to become more customer driven and improve transparency with customers, the farm opened for LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017. Farm Manager, James Lumley explains more…
Carolyne and Somerset Charrington, Treshnish Farm, Isle of Mull
The Charrington family have been farming at Treshnish since 1994, and in this time they have seen the bio-diversity and wildlife improve dramatically. The farm has a flock of about 650 sheep made up of Blackface hill ewes, in-bye Cheviot and Zwartble cross ewes. Cows from another farm graze here in the summer so we can continue to manage the habitats properly.
David and Joanna Lomas, Street Farm, Tarvin, Cheshire, North West
David, Joanna and their son, Michael run Street Farm in Tarvin, Cheshire - a family-run dairy farm selling milk to a commercial dairy in Manchester as well as directly from the farm gate through a vending machine. The family had never opened the farm before and took part in LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017. Here, Joanna shares with us their first experience of hosting a LEAF Open Farm Sunday event…
Philip Chamberlain, Crowmarsh Battle Farms Ltd, Oxfordshire
Philip runs a 3,200 acre arable farm south east of Oxford, growing a range of combinable crops. He has been hosting visits to his farm since 1996 and each year hosts an 'invitation only' Open Farm Sunday event.
Ian and David Collison, J A Collison & Sons, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Ian, Diane and Philip Collison from family-run cut flower supplier, J A Collison & Sons decided to keep their Open Farm Sunday event small and simple.
Nick and Claire Bragg, Frogmary Green Farm, Somerset
Nick and Claire Bragg farm 500 acres, growing potatoes for supermarkets, maize and grass for fodder, but their main ‘crop’ is chickens! They currently produce some 700,000 broiler chickens for Sainsburys to the Freedom Food – RSPCA welfare standards. They regularly host school visits through HLS for schools, local interest groups and farmers. They held their first Open Farm Sunday event in 2012.
Ross Mitchell, Castleton Farm, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ross Mitchell runs Castleton Farm near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire, with his parents and wife Anna. Castleton Farm is a 710 acre family run business devoted to fruit production growing strawberries, raspberries, cherries and blueberries, supplying leading supermarket chains such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer. There is also a thriving Farm Shop and Café selling home grown fruit and locally sourced produce. Ross tells us about why he got involved with Open Farm Sunday for the first time last year and shares some of his personal top tips for a successful event…
Video: Matthew Naylor, Naylor Flowers, Lincolnshire
Matthew Naylor gives an overview of his Open Farm Sunday event at Naylor Flowers in this video case study.
Video: Alastair Hunter Blair, Weir End Farm, Herefordshire
Alastair Hunter Blair gives an overview of his Open Farm Sunday event at Weir End Farm in this video case study.
Video: Izzy Brown, Sunday Hill Farm, Wiltshire
Izzy Brown gives an overview of the Open Farm Sunday event at Sunday Hill Farm in this video case study.
Video: Jamie McCoy, Gorwel Farm, Ceredigion, Wales
Jamie McCoy gives an overview of her Open Farm Sunday event at Gorwel Farm in this video case study.
Video: Jeremy Padfield, Fosse Farm, Somerset
Jeremy Padfield gives an overview of the Open Farm Sunday event at Fosse Farm in this video case study.
Video: Hugh Richardson, Wheelbirks, Northumberland
Hugh Richardson gives an overview of the Open Farm Sunday event at Wheelbirks in this video case study.
Video: Caroline Millar, North Balluderon, Dundee, Scotland
Caroline Millar gives an overview of her Open Farm Sunday event at North Balluderon in this video case study.
Video: Naomi Bremner, Schoolhouse Farm, Orkney, Scotland
Naomi Bremner gives an overview of the Open Farm Sunday event at Schoolhouse Farm in this video case study.
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