Less than a month to go until Open Farm Sunday 2010 (13 June) Interview local farmers who are taking part!
With less than a month to go until Open Farm Sunday 2010 (13 June), farmers across the country are busy preparing to open their farms to the public. This annual event organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a must for anyone interested in food, farming or the countryside.
If you would like to visit a farm prior to Open Farm Sunday then let us know. You could follow a local farmer as they make their final preparations for the day or perhaps you would like to try your hand at being a farmer? A typical day might include silage-making, getting ready for harvest, milking a herd of cows or tending to a hedgerow, so there is plenty for you to see and to get involved with.
A visit to a local farm on Open Farm Sunday is a great way to meet the farmers who grow your food and see how they care for the countryside. It could include a tractor and trailer ride, an opportunity to see sheep being sheared, cows being milked or even chicks hatching! There will be plenty of farm walks and nature trails organised, which are ideal ways to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside.
Call the Open Farm Sunday Press Office on 01189 475 956 to arrange interviews with:
• Local farmers who are opening their gates
• LEAF CEO Caroline Drummond and Open Farm Sunday Manager Tom Allen-Stevens
• Food Writer Jennifer John
And for farmers, it’s not too late to register your event or order your free resource pack. Just visit www.farmsunday.org
or call LEAF on 02476 413 911.
To find out which farms in your area are opening on 13 June, visit www.farmsunday.org
. For up-to-date campaign information, follow us on Twitter - twitter.com/openfarmsunday.
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For further information and images, or to arrange an interview with a local farmer contact:
Open Farm Sunday Press Office
T: 01189 475956 / ISDN: 01189 187 581
Notes to editors:
• LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) www.leafuk.org
is a national charity that helps farmers produce food with care for the environment, while working with their local community
• The fifth annual Open Farm Sunday on 13 June provides a great opportunity for the public to truly get to know how their food is produced and how the countryside around them is cared for
• Visitors will be able to learn from farmers themselves how natural plant and insect species are encouraged to thrive alongside crops, they will get a close-up look at farm animals and see how the needs of wildlife are balanced with modern food production
• LEAF organises Open Farm Sunday and supports farmers with putting on an event that is not only enjoyable, but gives visitors a really fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside that they would not usually see or experience on an average day out
• LEAF supports both LEAF and non-LEAF member farmers by hosting a number of workshops across the country with practical advice and tips for organising successful events. LEAF also provides free promotional support materials and an interactive online event database to register details of farmer events
• Food carrying the LEAF Marque logo shows that it has been grown by farmers who are committed to looking after the countryside and the environment. LEAF farmers are subject to an independent LEAF Audit, designed to help them meet the change in demands placed on operations by legislation, the marketplace, community and the industry
• An increasing number of farmers are signing up to support LEAF to demonstrate how they are integrating modern farming with environmental conservation
• Principal sponsors for Open Farm Sunday 2010 are: ASDA, Defra, Frontier, LEAF Marque, Love Food Hate Waste and Home Composting, Morrisons, National Grid, Natural England, Waitrose and Warburtons
• The additional sponsors are: DairyCo, Dairy Crest, EBLEX, HGCA, Marks and Spencer, NFU, GrowHow, Produce World, Soil Association, Duchy College, Farm Stay UK, Wiggly Wigglers.