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Open Farm Sunday shows greater public engagement than ever

July 2, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

More than 230,000 people visited 361 working farms last month – as growers and livestock producers welcomed the public on Open Farm Sunday.

Feedback from both farmers and visitors indicates a growing interest in British agriculture and food production. Farms across the region took part in the annual 9 June open day, which is organised by the Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) charity.

Open Farm Sunday manager Annabel Shackleton said the day was an overwhelming success. “We are so proud of the positive impact of these events and we shouldn’t underestimate the deeply rewarding experience that they offer visitors.

“As well as the important opportunity for open dialogue between farmers and the public, many visitors commented on how much they appreciated being welcomed onto farm and the space and freedom to enjoy the countryside in safety.”

Open days ranged from informal farm walks to large-scale educational events with organised activities and local stallholders. Initial statistics suggest more visitors came from urban locations than in previous years, including people who had never been on a farm before.

Ms Shackleton said: “Our farmers have been blown away by the calibre and quantity of questions from visitors about environmental practices. It is inspiring to see so many taking an active interest in how their food is produced and choosing to connect with farmers.”

LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond said visitors were more keen than ever this year to know more about how we are producing food and looking after soils and the wider environment.

“We learn best when we get our hands dirty and LEAF Open Farm Sunday is about building real, personal experiences that help everyone feel connected to food and farming and empowered to make better choices for themselves and the environment.”

More than 25% of farmers were hosting visits for the first time. Hundreds of volunteers from across the farming industry supported the events – including agronomists, vets and retailers. Next year’s event will take place on Sunday, 7 June.

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