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Join us in per­son or online

Whether you’re think­ing of host­ing your first LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event this year or you’re a reg­u­lar host, join us in per­son at one of our free break­fast meet­ings tak­ing place between 9 and 11am.

  • Find out more about LOFS and how to open your farm
  • Learn how to com­mu­ni­cate your sto­ry to the public
  • Speak with like-mind­ed peo­ple and expe­ri­enced hosts
  • Devel­op plans for your LOFS event
  • Find out who your local ambas­sador is here.

LOFS Break­fast Meetings

Loca­tion Date Book­ing link
Screve­ton, Nottinghamshire 16th Feb­ru­ary

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.com/​u​k​/CBAZ

Farn­ham, Surrey 1st March https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBBA
Ceredi­gion, Wales 7th March

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBBE

Perth, Scot­land 7th March (6pm)

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CCZH (dial in option)

Call­ing­ton, Cornwall 10th March https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBBD
Mil­nthor­pe, Cumbria 14th March

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CCZB

Bath, Som­er­set 15th March https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBBB
Coun­ty Durham 21st March https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBYO
Thet­ford, Norfolk 28th March

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CCZC

Kid­der­min­ster, Worcestershire 4th April

https://​www​.try​book​ing​.co​.uk/CBBF


*Dates and loca­tions sub­ject to change.

Online meet­ings

In addi­tion, we’re run­ning some online Zoom meet­ings for those unable to attend our break­fast meet­ings.
Please reg­is­ter by click­ing on the dates below that you would like to attend. 

  • 21st March 2023, 7 – 9pm
    Plan­ning your event: help, sup­port, and resources overview 
  • 25th April 2023, 7 – 9pm
    Shar­ing your farm­ing sto­ry and pro­mot­ing your event
  • 23rd May 2023, 7 – 9pm
    Last minute top tips and get your ques­tions answered

    Keen to chat now? Con­tact the LOFS team here.

    Share your sup­port! Encour­age your farm­ing con­tacts, friends and net­works to get involved and join in the LOFS con­ver­sa­tions on social media: 

    Top tips from our LOFS Ambas­sadors:

    Rebec­ca Dawes — LOFS Ambas­sador, Scotland 

    Nev­er be afraid to ask for help, it is such a reward­ing day for every­one involved. Your vet, local feed mer­chant, machin­ery deal­er, agron­o­mist or farm advi­sor could give a small talk about what they do and maybe bring a few props like ani­mal feed or wheat seed. A Farmer Ques­tion Time” always goes down well at our event, where local farm­ers each vol­un­teer to do a 15-minute slot to answer questions.”

    Anne Mair-Chap­man — LOFS Ambas­sador, North East 

    Make your event fun, friend­ly and for­get the farm­ing jar­gon! After the year we’ve all had, your event needs to feel like a bit of light relief in the fresh air. An infor­mal intro­duc­tion as peo­ple arrive is some­times all it takes to get the ques­tions going — remem­ber your audi­ence and think of oth­er ways to describe the work you do, farm­ing terms are not always self-explanatory!”

    Rona Amiss — LOFS Ambas­sador, South West 

    Get lots of help from neigh­bours, friends and any­one else you can think of! It makes it much more fun and every­one enjoys themselves.”

    Helen Chap­pell — LOFS Ambas­sador, North West 

    This is the year to host! The pub­lic are want­i­ng to con­nect with farms and the envi­ron­ment — not just to learn about the farm­ing life but also for the health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits. The sup­port and guid­ance is eas­i­ly acces­si­ble and the ambas­sadors are here to help. The gen­er­al pub­lic are just as appre­hen­sive as the farm­ing com­mu­ni­ty, but they too are deter­mined to embrace the new nor­mal, Covid safe way of doing things.”

    Andy Guy — LOFS Ambas­sador, Midlands

    Plan ahead
    The most suc­cess­ful events are those where the hosts have planned for every even­tu­al­i­ty. Think about car park­ing, helpers and vol­un­teers, health and safe­ty, activ­i­ties for kids and fam­i­lies, pro­mo­tion and what you can do if it rains. If its all sort­ed before the big day you will have a stress-free event.

    On the day.
    Brief your helpers in advance so every­one knows what they are doing and what your vis­i­tors can see and do. Once the first vis­i­tors start to arrive all you need to do is acti­vate your plan and enjoy the day! If you’ve planned well and have con­tin­gen­cies for things like weath­er it should all go smoothly.

    After the event.
    Thank your helpers, tidy up and crack open a beer/​cup of tea and relax. Share mem­o­ries of the day with your helpers, update your Face­book page with some pho­tos and start think­ing about LOFS 2022.”


    If you would like to talk through your LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event ideas now, get in touch with a LOFS ambas­sador today — you can find the LOFS team’s con­tact details here.


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