Get involved in Open Farm Sunday
Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s annual open day managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).
Open Farm Sunday is all about showing the public what you do on your farm and sharing your farming story. The size, type of event and timing is all up to you. You don’t have to plan an event for hundreds of people; a short farm walk with neighbours makes a great Open Farm Sunday event. We ask that each farm to register their event - a simple process that is free of charge.
Why get involved?
Feedback each year shows that Open Farm Sunday has a real, positive impact raising the profile of the industry and bringing communities together:
- 97% of farmers who take part report real business benefits
- 81% of visitors report learning something new during their visit
- 1 in 5 visitors have never visited a farm before
We all need the public to value the nutritious food we eat and the work farmers do producing crops for fuel, medicines, clothing, manufacturing and so much more! Plus of course, managing and enhancing the countryside for wildlife and for us all to enjoy.
Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006:
- over 1400 farmers have hosted events
- over 1.6 million visitors have benefitted
- that’s one huge success!
Take part in our 11th anniversary Open Farm Sunday on 5th June 2016. Register here.
Come along to one of our Open Farm Sunday Information Events to find out all the top tips on hosting an event.
We are developing a whole suite of resources to help you run your event which will be available for you to order free of charge soon. Once registered, you'll be sent a FREE copy of the all-important Host Farmer Handbook.
Read our host farmer case studies to get some ideas and top tips and to see how other farmers have benefited from opening their gates on Open Farm Sunday.
Open Farm School Days
Throughout June LEAF is also encouraging farmers to host school visits. For more information please click here.