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LEAFs Open Farm Sunday 12 June 2011 – Register your farm now

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Farmers across the country are already preparing for this years Open Farm Sunday (12 June 2011) with plans well underway for hundreds of events. Organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) are keen to remind everyone that there is still time to register their event.

LEAFs Open Farm Sunday provides farmers with an ideal opportunity to help their neighbours and customers discover their commitment to the countryside and how they produce safe, affordable food. LEAF research shows that 80% of farmers that took part last year reported real business benefits including increased sales, better community relations, raised local profile, building staff morale and gaining new contacts.

Any farmers who wish to take part can register now at www.farmsunday.org, where they will find top tips, advice and support on a range of topics from health and safety to farm walks and talks, so that farmers can run an enjoyable and informative event. The size and scale of an Open Farm Sunday event is entirely at the discretion of the host farmer, and whatever they feel is most appropriate for them and their farm.

Last year around 184,000 visitors attended events on 420 farms and LEAF is calling on even more farms to open up this year. Caroline Drummond, LEAFs Chief Executive said: Were keen for farmers to help us build on last years success. Hundreds of farms have already registered and were hearing wonderful things about what theyve all got planned from small private events for the local community to farms that are expecting hundreds and for a few, even thousands of visitors. Last year more than 6,000 people across the farming industry helped make it happen, so even if you cant open yourself, dont forget to offer your support by linking up with your nearest participating farm.

LEAFs Open Farm Sunday helps the public discover and understand the story behind their food, and the dedication and skill of the farmers who produce it.

Things for visitors to see and do include: a celery farm in Cambridgeshire, a fruit farm in Essex, pig racing in Wales, wooolspinning in Oxfordshire and a food festival on the Humber. With so much to experience on every farm, this years theme is: Discover Life on Britains Farms.

LEAF offers farmers lots of free support in many different ways to help them run a successful event, whatever its size. Support includes:

A resource pack: This contains publicity material (posters, flyers, etc); suggested activities; Health and Safety guidance and lots more!

Website (www.farmsunday.org): Farmers can register their event, watch the Online Workshop video, find out how to publicise their event, order free resource packs and find out more about LEAF and the LEAF Marque.

For up-to-date campaign information and to let us know about your plans for Open Farm Sunday, follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/openfarmsunday.

 

  • LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) www.leafuk.org is a national charity that helps farmers produce food with care for the environment, while working with their local community
  • The sixth annual Open Farm Sunday on 12 June 2011 provides a great opportunity for the public to truly get to know how their food is produced and how the countryside around them is cared for
  • Visitors will be able to learn from farmers themselves how natural plant and insect species are encouraged to thrive alongside crops, they will get a close-up look at farm animals and see how the needs of wildlife are balanced with modern food production
  • LEAF organises Open Farm Sunday and supports farmers with putting on an event that is not only enjoyable, but gives visitors a really fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside that they would not usually see or experience on an average day out
  • LEAF supports both LEAF and non-LEAF member farmers by hosting a number of workshops across the country with practical advice and tips for organising successful events.  LEAF also provides free promotional support materials and an interactive online event database to register details of farmer events
  • Food carrying the LEAF Marque logo shows that it has been grown by farmers who are committed to looking after the countryside and the environment.  LEAF farmers are subject to an independent LEAF Audit, designed to help them meet the change in demands placed on operations by legislation, the marketplace, community and the industry
  • An increasing number of farmers are signing up to support LEAF, to demonstrate how they are integrating modern farming with environmental conservation
  • Principal sponsors for Open Farm Sunday 2011 are: ASDA, Defra, Farmers Weekly, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Natural England, National Farmers Union, Syngenta, Waitrose, Warburtons. Additional sponsors include: DairyCo, EBLEX, GrowHow, HGCA, M&S.

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