All the latest Open Farm Sunday news and media information is given below.
- Record numbers attend Open Farm Sunday 2013
Right across the country farmers have reported record attendance for Open Farm Sunday 2013. Feedback from farms indicates that, in many cases, visitor numbers were up by between 10-20% on last year, reports organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
- Young shoppers’ backing sees support for British farmers rise
The number of shoppers seeking out British food is at a record level according to new research from IGD ShopperVista. The findings, released ahead of LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday, show that shoppers are nearly 1½ times more likely to buy British food than they were six years ago, with younger shoppers and families driving this growth.
- Parents turn to countryside for family trips
The great outdoors is back in favour for families, with one in five parents (22%) saying they are more likely to visit the countryside than they were five years ago. A new survey of Asda shoppers carried out ahead of LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday
- Factsheet: Farming Facts and Figures
This is a summary of the latest farming and food facts and figures
- News: Register now and showcase British Farming
LEAF is calling on farmers to open their gates on 9th June to showcase British farming on Open Farm Sunday. Farmers are encouraged to benefit from the free help and support available including FREE information events in April.
- News: FREE Information Events for Farmers
Farmers across Britain interested in getting involved in this year’s Open Farm Sunday on the 9th June, are being urged to attend a FREE information events in April.
- Factsheet: Sustainable Farming Facts and Figures
Examples of how and why sustainable farming is so important.
- News: Register now and open your gates on 9th June 2013
With consumers’ interest in the provenance of their food continuing to rise, Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for farmers to really engage with the public, tell their story and help challenge misconceptions. Open Farm Sunday organiser LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is encouraging more farmers than ever before to get involved, with registrations open now.
- News: Discover the story behind your food on 9th June 2013
Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) this is a great chance to see for yourself how our food is produced, to talk to the farmers who produce it and have a fantastic day out too!
- Results: Sharing Successes 2012
Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s annual open day, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming). It is a day when farmers, all over the country, open their farms to the public so they can discover how their food is produced and how the countryside is cared for. Here are some of our 2012 highlights.
- News: Crowds Flock to Open Farm Sunday 2012
Even before all the gates had closed for Open Farm Sunday 2012, the internet was buzzing with tweets and messages of thanks and appreciation for the hundreds of farmers that had opened this year. Feedback to organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) indicates that the vast majority of the 335 farms that opened had achieved their expected number of visitors, with many farms reporting a record year for attendance. Across the country, from Westfield Farm in Aberdeenshire to Burrow Farm in Devon, to Chapman Farm in Norfolk to Ides Farm in West Sussex – the crowds flocked to discover the story behind their food and have a great day out too! LEAF have estimated that the total number of visitors for the seventh Open Farm Sunday will have reached 150,000.
- News: Young Adults need Lessons in Food and Farming
New research ahead of LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday has revealed a shocking lack of
knowledge amongst young adults about how even the most basic of foods are produced.
Although four in ten adults born in the 1990s consider themselves knowledgeable about
where their food comes from, the majority failed to correctly match many staple foods,
such as milk, bacon, butter or oil, with pictures of the crop or animal they are made
- Factsheet: What is Pollination?
‘Pollination’ is a really important and natural process that is vital to the production of many foods and the countryside. But what does it involve and how do insects help?
- Factsheet: Pollinator Myth Busters
Myths are busted by the facts! Such as "Bees are the only insects that pollinate plants and crops." - Although it is widely recognised that honeybees are responsible for insect pollination, the managed honeybee is just one species amongst the 25 species of bumblebee, 225 species of solitary bee and hundreds of butterfly and hoverfly species that make up the UK’s pollinator fauna. Moths, wasps, ladybirds and other insects also play their part in insect pollination.
- News: Discover the rich language of Britain’s farms: Open Farm Sunday, 17 June 2012
Talking to a farmer directly about the countryside and the food that is produced there is one of the many things visitors to a farm really enjoy about Open Farm Sunday. But, as visitors might discover during these conversations, not only are farmers custodians of the countryside, they are also helping to keep regional dialect alive too. A survey of farmer members of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the organisers of Open Farm Sunday, revealed a host of ancient words and phases that farmers are still using. So, to help visitors to farms on Open Farm Sunday, LEAF has produced a simple dictionary of farming and countryside terms from around the UK.