“If farmers want to improve sales, learn new marketing skills, build staff moral and sense of pride, gain new contacts, or simply just want to improve their neighbours and friends understanding of why farming matters … then getting involved with Open Farm Sunday on 7th June 2009, is a MUST” says LEAF’s farms liaison manager Roly Puzey.
Farmers should be inviting their friends, neighbors and customers to visit their farms to see the true story and value behind food, says national charity LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).
“We have ambitious plans for Open Farm Sunday 2009” says Mr Puzey. “We want to build on the fantastic success of last year’s event when 5000 farmers and helpers hosted 400 open days all over the country and welcomed over 150,000 people onto their farms to learn about what farmer’s do, why they do it and why farms matter. Just like every farm being unique, no one event was the same, some organised a small farm walk for their non farming neighbours, whilst others put on activities, food tasting, tractor and trailer rides, plus much more for hundreds of people”.
To help farmers organise an open day LEAF is offering to provide farmers with a free pack to include – publicity material (posters, flyers); suggested activities; H&S guidance; polo shirts and lots more! LEAF will also be running farm walks throughout the country during March and April (dates & venues below) where farmers will be able to meet with other farmers who've hosted open days before and learn from their experiences, as well as get great ideas on a whole range of topics.
If you would like to attend a workshop, register an event, order your free pack or know more about Open Farm Sunday please visit www.farmsunday.org or telephone LEAF on 02476 413911.
Open Farm Sunday farmer events will run from 2pm til 4.30pm. Dates and venues -
4th March - Balliefurth Farm, Grantown-on-Spey, Highlands
5th March - Aik Bank Farm, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumbria
11th March - Hardwick Park Farm, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Nottinghamshire
12th March - Manor Farm, Kelfield, Nr York, Yorkshire
17th March - Overbury Farms, Overbury, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
18th March - Rectory Farm, Great Easton, Market Harborough, Leic'shire
24th March - West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh
25th March - Blagdon Farm, Seaton Burn, Newcastle, Northumberland
30th March - Kenniford Farm, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon
31st March - Collings Hanger Farm, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Bucks
2nd April - Manydown Company, Wootton St Lawrence, Basingstoke, Hants
6th April - Shotford Hall Farm, Harleston, Norfolk
7th April - College Farm, Grange Road, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
16th April - Reed Court Farm, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent
17th April - Boyton Farms, Warminster, Wiltshire
21st April - Hill Farm, Sound, Nantwich, Cheshire
22nd April - Osbaldeston Hall Farm, Osbaldeston, Blackburn, Lancashire
28th April - Caerlan Farm, Penrhiwfer, Tonypandy, South Wales
29th April - Cannon Farm, Llanerfyl, Welshpool, Powys, Wales
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