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A big thank you to Open Farm Sunday sponsors

Open Farm Sunday is the success that it is, thanks to the financial and in kind support from all our sponsors.  

Our 2015 sponsors are:  Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB - BPEX, DairyCo, EBLEX, HDC & HGCA divisions), Aldi, Arla, Asda, BASF, Defra, Edge Apprenticeships, Farmcare, Farmers Weekly, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Kelloggs, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers Union (NFU), Quality Meat ScotlandSyngenta, The Tesco Eat Happy Project, Waitrose.  Find out more about our sponsors and why they support Open Farm Sunday below.

If you are interested in sponsoring Open Farm Sunday, please contact Annabel Shackleton, on annabel.shackleton@leafuk.org or 024 7641 3911


The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is committing levy support for Open Farm Sunday through five of its divisions – pigs (BPEX), milk (DairyCo), beef and lamb (EBLEX), horticulture (HDC) and cereals and oilseeds (HGCA). This commitment forms part of AHDB's strategy to raise awareness among consumers of food and where it comes from and to highlight farmers' role in producing food and managing the countryside. AHDB is an evidence-based levy board with a pivotal role to make the industry sectors it supports more competitive and sustainable. It is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain through statutory levies.



At Aldi we work closely with our British farmers and we’re extremely proud to support them. We know high quality locally sourced produce is just as important to our customers and our farmers, which is why our core fresh meat range is 100% British and Red Tractor approved. We’re delighted to sponsor Open Farm Sunday 2015. We fully support its aims in generating awareness of where food comes from and how it is produced, as well as the vital role farmers have in caring for the countryside.


At Asda we believe that the best friend to the British farmer is the well-informed consumer which is why we are a principal sponsor of Open Farm Sunday. Open Farm Sunday encourages farmers, across the entire food chain, to open their farm gates to the public. The aim is to build a greater connection between farmers and their local community, ultimately educating consumers about where food comes from. For farmers the length and breadth of Great Britain, this provides a fantastic opportunity. It means they can publicise their presence in the local community and teach others about the countryside and what it means to be a British farmer.


BASF's pledge to sponsor LEAF's Open Farm Sunday echoes the company's widely supported campaign Farming the Biggest Job on Earth. "LEAF's role in promoting and integrated approach to farming by balancing production with the environment and by the promotion of best practice between farmers and with consumers has been exceptional since the organisation was founded 21 years ago.  It is important that companies like ours, working with farmers, show our open support of LEAF and the essential role it plays in promoting sustainable agricultural production and the opportunities this presents to get the wider community out onto farm for a unique experience."  Rob Gladwin, Head of Sustainability, BASF Crop Protection. 


Defra is pleased to continue supporting the excellent work of Open Farm Sunday in encouraging people, particularly from our cities and towns, to re-connect with food production and the natural environment. The Government supports and develops British farming and encourages more sustainable production. We’d like people of all ages to know where their food comes from and how they can work with farmers for the benefit of their local community. Farm visits play an important part in helping people, especially children, to learn more about nature and food production allowing schools to use the farm as an ‘outdoor classroom’.

We have supported British Farmers for over 100 years, providing our customers with high quality, British produce. Our commitment to British Farming ensures we can guarantee our food is responsibly and ethically produced and sourced. By actively supporting Open Farms Sunday we are able to reach out to communities across the UK from 2,800 Co-operative Food stores, to raise awareness of our children’s Farm to Fork programme, British Farming and the vital role it plays in the food supply chain.
Farmers Weekly Farmers Weekly is the leading farming publication in the UK and is pleased to be the official media partner for Open Farm Sunday. Connecting consumers with the people who grow their food and care for the countryside is vital for the long term health of the industry. Farmers Weekly has a proud history of representing and informing readers, and is pleased to support the many farmers hosting events as they get ready for the big day.
Frontier Agriculture


Frontier Agriculture is the UK's leading crop inputs and grain marketing business, recognised for its close customer relationships with farmers and grain consumers and its successful management of the whole arable supply chain. Frontier recognises the importance of educating children and adults about how their food is produced in a sustainable way and is delighted to support its farmer customers and the wider farming industry through its involvement with Open Farm Sunday.
John Deere John Deere is delighted to join Open Farm Sunday once again as the project’s machinery sponsor. As well as being the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural, turf, construction & forestry equipment, education and the environment are two of the key principles of our worldwide business. OFS provides an ideal opportunity, not only to show a wider public audience how advanced farming technologies are being applied to the benefit of farming, efficient food production and sound environmental management, including the reduction of harmful emissions, but also to encourage young people to consider a challenging and worthwhile career in farming and agricultural engineering.
LEAF Marque

The LEAF Marque is the leading environmental food label that demonstrates that the food you buy is grown with care for the future of our environment, wildlife and countryside. LEAF Marque certified farmers are actively improving the environment and we want all people to visit LEAF Marque certified farms to see how farmers are caring for the countryside and how their food is produced.

We are proud to be a principal sponsor of the 2015 LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Families in the UK have told us that where and how their food is grown is important to them. This is why we are delighted to participate in this year’s Open Farm Sunday, making it easier for families across the UK to connect with where their food comes from, and even meet some of the people who grow the wheat that goes into their favorite breakfast cereals. At Kellogg, we believe in the importance of great starts and that’s why this year, beyond our participation in Open Farm Sunday, we’re also working to build our Origins programme in the UK, investing in the special farmers and the natural places at the start of the journey.
Marks & Spencer Farming for the Future

Marks and Spencer are a specialist, high quality food retailer focusing on freshness, speciality and convenience. We value the high standards of our farmers, so we are doing all we can to support them and help maintain a prosperous British agricultural industry. Research has shown us that our customers want to know more about where their food comes from, and they want closer links to the farmers who produce it. Our farmers and growers are passionate about the high quality food they supply for Marks and Spencer. So we like to recognise their hard work and help protect British agriculture by supporting various events throughout the year. We are therefore delighted to be a Principal Sponsor of Open Farm Sunday 2015.

National Farmers Union NFU Farming Delivers for Britain

The NFU has supported LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday since its launch back in 2006, and we are delighted to be a principal sponsor once again this year. Communicating the importance of Backing British Farming and how farming delivers for Britain is a key aim for the NFU and Open Farm Sunday provides the perfect opportunity for many of our members to open up their farm gates and connect with the people around them. We are also very happy to be continuing our support providing farmers with the information and resource they need to make their 2015 Open Farm Sunday events a success. For more information about resources available please email leafopenfarmsunday@nfu.org.uk


Syngenta is one of the world's leading plant science businesses. Our purpose is to bring plant potential to life by improving yields and protecting crops from pests and diseases so that we can feed the world's growing population. Improving people's connections with food and farming is a great ambition and Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic way in which to achieve this. We are proud to play our part in supporting food producers and in showing the public the amazing job our farmers do in protecting the countryside and growing high quality food.


The Tesco Eat Happy Project is our long-term commitment to help children have a healthier and happier relationship with food. We believe that if children understand more about food and where it comes from, they can make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up. We want to help children see, up close, where their food is grown and hear about how it’s made - from the experts who produce it. So we’re delighted to be a principal sponsor of Open Farm Sunday 2015.


Waitrose is delighted to sponsor Open Farm Sunday, and to support this showcase day for British farming. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to spend a fun day out seeing how their food is produced, and how farmers take care of the countryside around them. Waitrose is passionate about selling great tasting British food and is proud of the many farmers and growers who supply it, many of whom will be opening their farms on this day.

Supporting sponsors

Arla Foods is a cooperative owned by dairy farmers. The cooperative ethos means we all work together to continuously create something stronger and better, for the benefit of our farm owners. This principle has always been at the heart of everything we do and it is why we are still here today, and going strong, over 100 years after Arla first started.

Additional sponsors