LEAF Open Farm Sunday returns this June with a focus on the many health benefits that can be found on farm.
Organisers of the farming industry’s annual open day, Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) are calling on farmers to take part and organise their own event to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, climate mitigation, nutritious food and a well-managed countryside.
Taking place on Sunday, June 12, LEAF Open Farm Sunday is an opportunity for every farmer to plan their own event, engage their local community, share their farming story, dispel misconceptions and give visitors a hugely positive, memorable experience.
More than 100 events took place in 2021, under Covid-safe guidelines, and prior to the pandemic over 350 farms across Britain, covering all agricultural sectors, opened each year.
Annabel Shackleton, LEAF Open Farm Sunday manager, said: “Last year we launched our new 10-year strategy at LEAF, with a commitment to driving more sustainable circular agriculture through climate, nature, the economy and society.
“In addition, COP26, and the recent National Food Strategy has drawn attention to the impact of farming and food production on climate change. Whilst we have the public’s attention, it is more important than ever that we feed their enthusiasm and interest.
“LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the perfect way for visitors to really understand what best practice looks like and how farmers, and the food sector are part of the solution, delivering for our health and the health of the planet – through the food we eat and the fresh air and countryside that we enjoy.”
A range of free resources are available from LEAF and its sponsors to support host farmers, including a host farmers’ handbook, activity crib sheets and template guides, for risk assessments and writing a press release, plus guidance on using an online ticketing service to manage visitor numbers.
In addition, a series of interactive online Zoom meetings for farmers wanting to find out more about hosting an event this June, are being held on the first Thursday of each month, hosted by the team of experienced LEAF Open Farm Sunday ambassadors.
- February 3 – Planning and marketing your LEAF Open Farm Sunday event;
- March 3 – Managing visitor numbers, including ticketing;
- April 7 – Promoting your event and making use of LEAF Open Farm Sunday free resources; and
- May 5 – Final words of wisdom!
Farmers do not need to be members of LEAF to take part, but they do need to register their event at www.farmsunday.org, where they can also access an information pack and book to attend the Zoom meetings.