Open Farm Sunday organisers announce preparation events for host farmers

Published 29 February 16

OFS 2016Organisers of Open Farm Sunday, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), has announced a series of nationwide events for host farmers ahead of farming’s national open day on 5 June and Open Farm School Days throughout June 2016. The inspiring events packed with lots of hints and tips will help both experienced and new host farmers to have the best possible open farm events! 

There are three types of events to choose from:  the NEW Share Your Story Events; the tried and tested Information Events, as well as School Visit Workshops. All events are FREE of charge and open to all farmers.  

The Share Your Story Events will have a range of host farmer speakers and offer farmers the opportunity to share best practice and network with their peers. LEAF Demonstration Farmer and founder of the Open Farm Sunday concept, Ian Piggott OBE, will be hosting one of these events at The Farmschool, Hertfordshire on Wednesday 23 March, the other two events will take place in Somerset (22 March) and North Yorkshire (21 April). 

The Information Events will cover all aspects of putting on safe and engaging Open Farm Sunday events, and are ideal for first time farmers and farmers wanting to update their knowledge. The first Information Event takes place in Cheshire on Thursday 3 March, with following events taking place in Powys, West Sussex, Rutland, Wiltshire, Cornwall, County Durham and Oxfordshire. 

P6240354LEAF is working in partnership with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) to deliver four School Visit Workshops for farmers looking to host school visits, not only for Open Farm School Days in June but also at other times of the year. The workshops will provide advice on how to organise classroom trips that align with the curriculum and lots of inspirational activity ideas. School Visit Workshops will be taking place in Hampshire, Devon, West Midlands and Bedfordshire. 

Farmers can book a FREE place at any of LEAF’s preparation events as well as register to take part in Open Farm Sunday and Open Farm School Days at www.farmsunday.org. 

Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday Manager said: “Last year, Open Farm Sunday was a huge success, and we are keen to ensure 2016 is even better!  We are organising this programme of events to inspire experienced host farmers and support new host farmers who are thinking of taking part for the first time this year. We encourage all farmers to start planning ahead so that they are fully prepared to open their gates to the general public. Open Farm Sunday on 5 June and Open Farm School Days throughout June are a perfect opportunity for farmers to share their story so people can see for themselves why farming is so important and how it affects our daily lives - from food and fuel to clothing and manufacturing. We are looking forward to more farmers taking part this year.” 

Further support will be provided to host farmers through Open Farm Sunday’s new website which is coming soon and the Open Farm Sunday Regional Coordinators who are on hand to answer farmers’ questions and share top tips. All host farmers will also receive a range of free resources from Open Farm Sunday organisers and sponsors. 

NEW Share Your Story Events

Date

Region

Location

Postcode

Time

T 22 March

South West

Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset

TA13 5DJ

11am-3.00pm

W 23 March

South East

The Farm School, Annables Lane, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

AL5 3PR

11am-3.00pm

Th 21 April

North

Stockbridge Technology Centre, Cawood, Selby, 
North Yorkshire

YO8 3TZ

11am-3.00pm

OFS Information Events

Date

Region

Location

Postcode

Time

Th 3 March

North West

Red House Farm, Red House Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire

WA14 5RL

2-5pm

T 8 March

Wales

Mudiad Ffermwyr Ifanc Cymru/Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Canolfan CFfI Cymru/Wales YFC Centre, Llanelwedd, Llanfair ym Muallt/Builth Wells, Powys

LD2 3NJ

1.30-4.30pm

Th 10 March

South East

Scaynes Hill Millenium Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

RH17 7PG

2-5pm

T 15 March

East Midlands

Northfield Farm, Whissendine Lane, Cold Overton, Oakham, Rutland  LE15 7QF

Sat Nav: LE15 7JD

2-5pm

Th 21 April

South

P.T.Hosier & Son, Wexcombe Manor, Marlborough, Wiltshire

SN8 3SQ

2-5pm

Events will also take place in Oxfordshire, County Durham and Cornwall. If you are interested in attending an information event in Scotland please contact the LEAF office 024 7641 3911

School Visit Workshops

Date

Region

Location

Postcode

Time

Th 10 March

South West

Quickes Traditional Ltd, Home Farm, Newton St Cyres, Exeter, Devon

EX5 5AY

2-5pm

Th 17 March

South East

The Cross Barn (The Hayloft), Palace Gate Farm, Odiham, Hampshire

RG29 1JX

2-5pm

T 22 March

Midlands

Southfields Farm, Packington Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham,West Midlands 

B46 3EJ

2-5pm

T 19 April

East

Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Langford Road, Broom,Bedfordshire  

SG18 9JY

2-5pm

Places are limited and booking is essential. Refreshments available free of charge. Farmers can book a FREE place at any of LEAF’s event at www.farmsunday.org.