Visiting a farm on Open Farm Sunday, Sunday 5th June, is a wonderful way to discover the world of farming. Modern farming is incredibly diverse and impacts on all of us – from the food we eat, to clothing, medicine, fuel and manufacturing. Agriculture is vital to our future too – so come along and find out more!
Hundreds of farms across Britain will be opening their gates for LEAF’s (Linking Environment And Farming) Open Farm Sunday. It is a great day out for the whole family and a unique opportunity to discover what farmers do and the vital role they have in protecting and enhancing the environment.
You may not realise it but our lives depend on the diverse products farmers grow. For example, did you know that farmers grow crops for generating heat and power, cosmetics, perfume and even medicine, as well as producing wool for clothing and fibre for insulation and building materials? And of course, don’t forget that the majority of the nutritious and delicious food we enjoy each day has been grown or produced on British farms – ranging from meat and dairy products, to fruit and vegetables, cereals, eggs and oil.
Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, it has been organised by LEAF, the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. Visiting a farm on the 5th June you will learn more about sustainable farming, and get a great insight into the role farmers play in looking after our countryside – including woodlands, hedgerows, meadows, ponds and pathways. Come and learn how farmers manage water and energy resources, care for the health of the soil, create new habitats for wildlife and above all, have a great day out with family and friends.
All types of farms take part in Open Farm Sunday and most events are free. Activities on the day can range from farm walks and trailer rides, through to sheep shearing, milking demonstrations, bug hunts and machinery displays. There will also be a chance to explore the technology and science behind farming and food production, and find out about the business aspects of modern farming.
So round up the family, put on your wellies and head to the countryside to meet a farmer and have a great day out experiencing all the sights, sounds and science of the farm. Find your local Open Farm Sunday event by visiting www.farmsunday.org.