Open Farm Sunday organiser, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is calling on the whole farming and food industry to support the hundreds of farmers who are opening their gates on the 5th June. LEAF is keen to encourage farmers and businesses to lend a hand on the day – either in person or by getting involved on social media.
Annabel Shackleton, LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday Manager, said: “Open Farm Sunday is a chance for the whole industry to showcase the wonderful diversity of farming in Britain and how farming impacts on all our lives. This is our industry’s annual open day and we are calling on everyone to get involved either by visiting their local farm, engaging through social media or helping at local events.”
On the day, everyone can get involved on social media – on Twitter using the hashtags, #ShareYourStory and #OFS16, sharing information from the Open Farm Sunday Facebook page and by sharing our Open Farm Sunday video which helps the public to ‘Discover the World of Farming’.
Annabel continues: “Our research shows that last year 10,000 people helped put on Open Farm Sunday events at 389 farms. This industry collaboration is a key part of the initiative’s success, and we are keen to ensure this continues.”
“The public love meeting farmers and hearing about the story behind British farming. So the more farmers, agronomists, feed merchants and vets we can have on farms on the day, the more the public will learn about the world of farming – from how crops are grown, not just for food but for clothing, medicine and fuel. Whether it’s helping to welcome visitors, answering questions, leading a farm walk, or simply going along as a visitor. All support is appreciated.”
For farmers wanting to host an event there is still time to register. Visit www.farmsunday.org and complete the registration which is free of charge and order free resources. Search for a farm to support at www.farmsunday.org, ‘Visit a Farm’.
Sponsors of this year’s Open Farm Sunday include the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Arla Foods, Asda, BASF plc, Defra, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, Jordans, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers’ Union, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative Food and Waitrose.
New for Open Farm Sunday 2016 is a refreshed website. Here, farmers have access to new features and resources to help inspire their visitors about all aspects of farming, including the science and technology behind it.