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Farmers Get Geared up for Open Farm Sunday
Friday, 20 January 2012 09:47

OpenFarmLogo2012_HiResFarmers interested in getting involved in this year’s Open Farm Sunday on the 17th June, are being urged to attend one of many FREE events held throughout the country.

Click here for the calendar of events.

Organisers of the national farming open day, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) are encouraging more farmers than ever before to open their gates to the public to tell them what they do to produce great food and look after the countryside.

The evening event will inspire and enthuse host farmers throughout the region, with new ideas on how to put on a great Open Farm Sunday event, equip them with the latest health and safety information as well as share ideas and experiences with other host farmers. 

LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday manager, Annabel Shackleton explained:

“Farmers are already registering to get involved in this year’s Open Farm Sunday.  These refresher events will be a fantastic way for host farmers – both old and new – to get together in an informal way.  We’ll be looking at publicity, promotion, activities and health and safety as well as sharing photos.  We’re planning some entertaining activities to get farmers thinking so they go away full of inspiration and buzzing with new ideas.”

A total of twelve events are being held in February, across the UK.  They will run from 7pm to 9pm, with refreshments.  For dates, venues and booking details of all the events visit www.farmsunday.org or telephone Annabel Shackleton in the LEAF office 024 7641 3911.

Editor’s note:

•    LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) www.leafuk.org is a national charity (Registered no: 1045781) that helps farmers produce food with care for the environment, while working with their local community
•    The seventh annual Open Farm Sunday on 17 June 2012 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
•    An increasing number of farmers are signing up to support LEAF, to demonstrate how they are integrating modern farming with environmental conservation
•    Sponsors for Open Farm Sunday 2012 include Asda, Country Life butter, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, National Farmers Union, Marks and Spencer and Syngenta
•    Keep up to date with LEAF’s activities via twitter www.twitter.com/LEAF_Farming and our regular blogs at leafmarque.wordpress.com.