What is Open Farm Sunday?

Picture © Jason Lock Photography
Picture © Jason Lock Photography

Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday (or in this case three !) each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside. Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. Each event is unique with its own activities – based around the farm’s own individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or picnics. Find participating farms near you on their website or check out our events page to see which Sundays this is happening on (June 5th, 12th and 19th, depending on the farm).

open farm3LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a national charity that helps farmers improve the way they farm by encouraging them to take up Integrated Farming. LEAF also helps to create a better public understanding of farming through a national network of Demonstration Farms, Innovation Centres and initiatives like Open Farm Sunday. They bring farmers and consumers together to raise awareness of how farmers are working in harmony with nature to produce good food with environmental care. Watch out for LEAF Marque produce when shopping and enjoy food you can trust from farmers who care. To find out more about LEAF’s activities, becoming a member and supporting their work, visit the website here.