All the latest Open Farm Sunday news and media information is given below.
- LEAF calls on farmers to help educate tomorrow’s consumers
Following the success of Open Farm School Days last year, campaign organiser LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is encouraging farmers to invite schools onto their farms to enable pupils to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from and the vital work farmers do to manage the countryside.
- Lessons on the farm this June!
Throughout June, farms will be opening their gates to schools for Open Farm School Days, to offer inspirational and educational farm visits. The nationwide initiative is organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), working in partnership with a range of organisations including Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Countryside Learning and The Country Trust. The aim is to enable school children to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, see for themselves the vital work farmers do to manage and enhance the environment and develop a lifelong love of the countryside.
- LEAF calls on Scotland’s farming and food industry to back Open Farm Sunday.
LEAF joined leading representatives from across the Scottish farming and food industry to encourage more farmers to engage with consumers by getting involved with Open Farm Sunday. At a reception held at Holyrood, Edinburgh, recognition was given to the positive contribution Scottish farmers have made as part of LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday over the last nine years, in changing public perception and understanding of the farming industry. The evening featured talks from Alex Fergusson MSP, Caroline Drummond MBE, LEAF Chief Executive, Dr David Roberts, SRUC and LEAF Scotland Chairman, as well as Open Farm Sunday host farmer Michael Clarke of Williamwood Farm, Dumfries.
- Open Farm Sunday: Start planning for Open Farm Sunday now!
Open Farm Sunday organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is urging farmers to start planning now, to help ensure this year’s campaign is the most successful one yet. The 7th June 2015 will be the tenth anniversary for Open Farm Sunday and to help farmers plan their event LEAF is holding a series of free Information Events around the country, starting in January.
- Open Farm Sunday: Meet a farmer on 7th June 2015
A visit to a farm on Open Farm Sunday is guaranteed to be packed with a host of different experiences. When did you last hear a cow moo, a pig grunt or a sheep baa? How long since you walked across a field and took time to look at all the wildlife that live there, like the bees and other insects that pollinate the crops, the birds that nest in the hedgerows and the worms that help to look after the soil? As well as producing our food, farmers are responsible for managing the countryside and all the wonderful wildlife that lives there.
- LEAF launches 10th Open Farm Sunday
Lord de Mauley joined LEAF staff and representatives from across the farming and food industry for the launch of Open Farm Sunday 2015 on 17th November, and to celebrate the success its huge success to date.
- Open Farm Sunday: One month on
• 207,000 visitors for Open Farm Sunday 2014
• 375 farms held events of all sizes showcasing British farming
o Nearly one in five farms reported more than 1,000 visitors
o Nearly a quarter of farms held small events of less than 100 visitors
• One in three farms were opening for the first time
- Another record breaking Open Farm Sunday
National organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), have reported that a record number of visitors attended an Open Farm Sunday event on Sunday 8 June. While final figures are still being obtained, LEAF estimates that visitor numbers for 2014 will hit the 205,000 mark - exceeding the record breaking attendance of 2013.
- Weekend relaxation starts 5.32pm Sunday
A new study has revealed that 17:32 on a Sunday evening is the time the nation’s parents can finally take a breath and relax, after spending their weekends doing chores like cleaning, cooking and gardening. The survey of Asda shoppers, carried out ahead of Open Farm Sunday (8th June), revealed just how busy Saturday and Sundays are, with little time for relaxation and for many it appears to be getting worse.
- It's technology that counts on the farm
To celebrate Open Farm Sunday (8th June), the nation’s farmers have named their favourite piece of farm technology. GPS Steering took the top accolade in the survey, run by Farmers Weekly, with Robot Milking Machines and Smart Phones taking second and third place.
- What do British farmers grow
As research shows many consumers are unaware what fruit and vegetables farmers grow our infographic shows the full findings.
- Confusion over British produce
When it comes to eating ‘in season’, it appears Brits have very little idea when they can buy British fruit and vegetables a survey has revealed. Three quarters of UK adults admitted that as a nation we are clueless when it comes to seasonality, with many unaware they could buy British strawberries in the summer months and homegrown Brussels sprouts in December.
- Indoor youngsters missing out on nature
Children are spending up to eleven hours a week less outside than their parents did growing up, according to a new study . The results also revealed that one in three children have never heard a cow moo – except perhaps on the computer or TV. Researchers found that today’s kids would rather stay indoors and watch TV, play computer games and in, some cases, even do their homework than go outside to play, thereby missing out on traditional activities and experiences such as pond dipping, bug hunting, and seeing farm animals up close.
- Still time to join the British farming and food celebrations
With two months to go until the biggest date in the farming and food calendar, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is keen to remind farmers that there is still time to sign up for Open Farm Sunday and join the celebrations.
- Join in the British farming and food celebrations!
On Sunday 8th June hundreds of farms are opening for the biggest date in the farming and food calendar - LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday. British farmers produce more than half of all the food we eat, so this is the perfect time to celebrate all that they do to feed the nation!