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Open Farm Sunday 2009
10/02/09

“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.

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Open Farm Sunday

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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