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Requires farmers to open their gates for Open Farm Sunday 2022

Extra farmers are being actively inspired to open their gates and welcome members of the general public in the course of the business’s annual open day.

Final 12 months, greater than 100 farms hosted a Linking Atmosphere and Farming (Leaf) Open Farm Sunday (OFS) occasion underneath Covid-safe pointers, and previous to the pandemic, greater than 350 farms throughout Britain – protecting all agricultural sectors – opened annually. 

This 12 months’s occasion will happen on Sunday 12 June and the organisers are hopeful that many extra farms will welcome guests with the probability of Covid restrictions being considerably eased.

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OFS 2022 – the sixteenth occasion because the initiative was launched in 2006 – will give attention to the numerous well being advantages that may be discovered on a farm, starting from wholesome soils and the manufacturing of wholesome meals to the psychological well being advantages of being outside.

The organisers Leaf are calling on farmers to participate and organise their very own occasion to display the business’s dedication to sustainability, biodiversity, local weather mitigation, nutritious meals and a well-managed countryside. 

Annabel Shackleton, Leaf OFS supervisor, stated each farmer can plan their very own occasion, interact their local people, share their farming story, dispel misconceptions and provides guests a massively constructive, memorable expertise.

She added: “Leaf Open Farm Sunday is the proper approach for guests to actually perceive what finest apply appears like and the way farmers and the meals sector are a part of the answer, delivering for our well being and the well being of the planet – by means of the meals we eat and the contemporary air and countryside that we take pleasure in.”

Each farm has one thing of curiosity for guests, whether or not it’s speaking about panorama and nature conservation, soil and water administration, grass, crop well being and safety, animal husbandry, power efficiencies or diversification.

Free sources

A spread of free sources can be found from Leaf and OFS sponsors to help host farmers, together with a number farmers’ handbook, exercise crib sheets and template guides, for danger assessments and writing a press launch, plus steerage on utilizing an internet ticketing service to handle customer numbers.

As well as, a collection of interactive on-line Zoom conferences for farmers wanting to seek out out extra about internet hosting an occasion this June, are being held on the primary Thursday of every month. Hosted by the group of skilled Leaf Open Farm Sunday ambassadors, matters cowl:

  • 3 February Planning and advertising your OFS occasion
  • 3 March Managing customer numbers, together with ticketing
  • 7 April Selling your occasion and making use of OFS free sources
  • 5 Could Ultimate phrases of knowledge

Farmers don’t have to be members of Leaf to participate, however they do must register their occasion at the place they will additionally entry an info pack and guide to attend the Zoom conferences.



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