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Inspiring case studies

Case Stud­ies

We have a wide range of case stud­ies from host farm­ers across the UK who love tak­ing part in Open Farm Sun­day. Scroll down to read their sto­ries below.

James Florey - Northmoor Meat, Churchills Farm, West Oxfordshire

James and his wife Fiona farm in Northmoor, just 14 miles from the City Centre of Oxford. The 470-acre enterprise includes 33 Pedigree Ruby Red Devon cattle, 170 Highlander ewes, 140 acres of spring crops, Countryside Stewardship, and the River Thames, which runs through the meadows grazed by the livestock.

Leigh and Donya Donger, Peacock Farm

Arable farmers Leigh and Donya Donger, who farm 1700 acres of oilseed rape, beans, barley and wheat at Peacock Farm near Muston in Leicestershire, are opening their farm again this year after the success of their first Open Farm Sunday event in 2022.

Anne Mair-Chapman - Kypie Farm, Northumberland

Anne Mair-Chapman, along with her family run a tenanted farm in Northumberland with 372 acres of mixed sheep and arable. In the foothills of the Cheviots. Anne comments, “the view are outstanding; it’s such a beautiful part of the country.” Her parents are still in the farmhouse, and as one of three, Anne has stayed on the farm whilst her two brothers pursued different careers off-farm.

Martin & Arlene Fishwick, Low Bankside Farm, Lancashire

NFU members, Martin and Arlene farm across Cumbria and North Lancashire, and regularly welcome visitors to Low Bankside Farm for Open Farm Sunday. It’s a family run farm producing suckler calves and prime lambs, with a small herd of traditional and rare breed cattle used mainly for conservation grazing. Plus, they have a small dairy herd.

Jean Glennie, Hillhead of Ardo

For members of the public, the word ‘Christmas’ is rarely mentioned in June, but at Jean and Roger Glennie’s Open Farm Sunday event at Hillhead of Ardo in Methlick, Aberdeenshire, the festive period is a key focus with the aim to educate the local community on the ‘farming’ side of Christmas. Here, Jean explains more…

Jamie McCoy, Gorwel Farm

Jamie McCoy and her partner Deian Evans run Gorwel Farm in Bryngwyn, West Wales. Gorwel is a family farm, milking 170 dairy cows on an autumn calving grass-based system, they have a flock of 150 commercial sheep, and a very small pig enterprise. Jamie also works off the farm for AHDB Dairy supporting dairy farmers to improve business competitiveness and is our OFS Coordinator for Wales. Here is her story…

Didcot Farm, Dumbleton

Tanya Robbins, along with husband Tom run a herd of 30 beef suckler cows, flock of 300 mule and 300 easy care ewes, plus 300 acres of arable land near the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border. With a real passion for promoting the agricultural industry, Tanya signed up to take part in her first Open Farm Sunday in 2017 and is now a strong advocate for the annual event. Here are her reasons for getting involved

John Scott, Fearn Farm

Telling farming’s story and opening your farmgate to the public could help address the employment crisis in the sector according to Highland farmer John Scott.

Martin Kennedy, Lurgan Farm

Opening the farm gates to the public – I’ve got the bug writes NFUS Vice President Martin Kennedy.

Hillhead of Muirton, Roddy and Angela Catto,

A well-known North East dairy farm is throwing open its gates to the public and local schoolchildren as part of the forthcoming Open Farm Sunday celebration. Roddy and Angela Catto, who farm at Hillhead of Muirton, Whitecairns, near Dyce have invited local schoolchildren to visit the farm on Friday 15 June. A day later (Saturday 16 June), the farm invites all members of the public to come along.

River Croft, Farr, Inverness-Shire

River Croft is a 22 acre croft in the foot hills of the Monadhliath Mountains. For the last 4 years, Michelle and her husband have bred and raised pedigree Oxford Sandy & Black pigs to pork weight, Greyface Dartmoor sheep and Cayuga ducks. They held their first Open Farm Sunday event in 2017 and in 2018 started using the ticketing service to effectively manage visitor numbers.

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 Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017, was a key part of this. Ali Capper tells us more…

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 Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017. Farm Manager, James Lumley explains more…

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 Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2017. Here, Joanna shares with us their first experience of hosting a 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.

Andrew Bailey, Moulton College, Northants

Moulton College in Northamptonshire currently farms 509 hectares. All this land is farmed commercially and used extensively for teaching purposes to support the college’s aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, malting barley, short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep. Whilst the college is often open to the public for careers evenings, before taking part in Open Farm Sunday in 2017, the farm itself had not opened to the public for a number of years. Andrew Bailey, Assistant Director of Student Services, explains more...

Abi Reader, Goldsland Farm, Glamorganshire

Abi Reader is a third generation dairy farmer who manages a herd of 180 Holstein Friesian and Dairy Shorthorns in Glamorganshire, South Wales. Abi always looks for ways to educate people and has mentored many agricultural and veterinary students on Goldsland Farm, Wenvoe. For someone who claims she is ‘not really a people person’, her passion for finding ways to reach out to consumers is remarkable – including speaking with Chris Evans live on his Radio 2 breakfast show! Here’s her story about taking part in Open Farm Sunday for the first time…

Simon Day, Worth Farms, South Lincolnshire

Simon Day is Farm Manager at Worth Farms in Holbeach Marsh, South Lincolnshire, an all arable farm growing potatoes, vining peas, wheat, sugar beet, brassicas, salads and energy crops. As a LEAF Demonstration Farm, they have a long commitment of reaching out to the general public and promoting British agriculture and have been involved in Open Farm Sunday since it started in 2006. Simon shares his experiences in running a large event and explains the value of Open Farm Sunday in building community relations and raising the profile of the farming industry...

Jane and Adam Mason, Lyne Mhor Croft, near Gorthleck

Lyne Mhor Croft near Gorthleck, 22 miles north of Inverness is run by Jane Mason and her husband, Adam, with their focus on producing and promoting “farm to fork” produce from their rare breed animals. First opening their gates for Open Farm Sunday in 2016, the small croft stretches no further than three and a half acres and Jane tells us why no farm is too big, or, in this case too small to open their gates and host the event.

Elm Tree Farm

Elm Tree Farm is a part of a much larger organisation called Brandon Trust.

Bryony and Archie Graham - Lodge Farm

The farm is a 300 hectare arable farm on the Essex/ Hertfordshire border just outside London; it has been in the family for four generations and is a mixture of owned and tenanted land. We diversified into weddings and events in 2018, and this now also forms a core part of the business, alongside an increased area of energy crops (willow). We are also a part of the Resilient and Ready Programme, which Corteva Agriscience and LEAF run to support four farmers in becoming industry leaders in sustainable agriculture.

Andy Bason - Newhouse Farm

Newhouse Farm is an 800 hectare farm near Winchester. Completely owned by the Cammack family since 1999. We are a LEAF Demonstration Farm and FC Woodland Ambassador, having 10 ha. of woodland creation and 10 ha. of agroforestry.

Joanne Swinbank - Raby Home Farm, Raby Estates

Raby Home Farm is based in County Durham, to the west of Raby Castle. The Estate’s Home Farm covers substantial areas of land between Piercebridge and Staindrop with both arable and livestock enterprises.

Rachel & Richard Risdon - Woodrow Barton Farm

Woodrow Barton Farm is a 20-year Farm Business Tenancy, with Richard and Rachel in their 9th year. The farm is 400 acres in a block and was arable and sheep, but has been converted to an all grass spring-calving dairy.

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