By Sioned Davies, Undergraduate Agriculture Marketing Co-ordinator
Do you want to learn more about agriculture, have a fun day out with the kids, or maybe just experience the Great British countryside? If the answer is yes, come along to Open Farm Sunday. It ticks all of these boxes and we’re headline sponsors for the fifth year running.
Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day, run by registered charity, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). In 2018 the event saw a record number of visitors – just short of 300,000 people came along to farms across the country. It’s a fantastic way to better understand our environment and how we produce food. Over 80% of those who came last year told us they felt better connected with the farmers when they went home.
Farmers are at the heart of Open Farm Sunday’s success, it’s their passion and commitment that makes it such a special day. We’ve got farmers from our own supply chains opening their gates at these seven locations. They cover beef, lamb, pork, poultry production and dairy farming. The theme this year is helping the public get closer to farming. It’s a chance to meet the people involved with producing our food, managing the countryside and our natural resources. Farmers will be specifically talking about soil, water and habitats for wildlife.
I’ll be attending Thorrington Farm in Suffolk and can’t wait to meet the farmers to see what they do day-to-day. They’re poultry farmers and have invested in renewable energy that can power over half of the farm’s energy during peak performance. I’m also looking forward to the tractor and trailer rides.
I hope to welcome as many of you as possible to our farms – let’s hope the sun continues to shine! If you visited a farm last year, we’d love to know what you thought in the comments section below.