Farmers interested in opening their farm on Open Farm Sunday 2010 (13 June) should now register at www.farmsunday.org and apply for their free resources. New for 2010, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has launched an online workshop to help those planning to host events.
The online workshop provides practical advice on how to hold a successful Open Farm Sunday event. It features farmers offering guidance, suggestions and valuable tips for opening a farm on 13 June, including health and safety considerations and activity ideas too.
Open Farm Sunday, now in its fifth year, helps the public discover and understand the story behind their food, and the dedication and skill of farmers who produce it. Manager of Open Farm Sunday, Tom Allen-Stevens said: “Holding an Open Farm Sunday event is a very rewarding experience. Events needn’t be complicated to arrange and can be on a scale to suit the farmer and the farm. Whether large or small, invite only, or open to everyone, it’s a fantastic opportunity for farmers to engage with their local community and communicate the excellent work they do to produce the food we all eat.”
Those planning to host an event are encouraged to register as soon as possible at www.farmsunday.org. Tom Allen-Stevens explains: “Resource packs started to be sent to host farmers before Easter. To ensure a successful event, farmers are urged to start putting plans in place now.”
In addition to the online workshop, LEAF offers farmers free support to help them hold an Open Farm Sunday event including:
- The resource pack which contains publicity material (posters, flyers, etc), suggested activities, health and safety guidance and polo shirts
- www.farmsunday.org where farmers can register their event, find out more about Open Farm Sunday and where details of their events will be displayed
- Regional coordinators who are providing support at a regional level, helping to increase the success of Open Farm Sunday for everyone
For more information visit www.farmsunday.org or telephone LEAF on 02476 413 911.
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