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LEAF encourages farmers to 'Share Your Story' for Open Farm Sunday 2016

Farmers are urged to take part in Open Farm Sunday 2016 to help beat this year’s visitor record and encourage more farmers to take part.


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In 2015, 291,000 people visited nearly 400 farms around the country
In 2015, 291,000 people visited nearly 400 farms around the country

Open Farm Sunday organiser Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) has announced its 2016 campaign, due to take place on June 5, 2016.

 

In a bid to broaden the reach of farmers taking part in the campaign, the theme for 2016 will be ’Discover the World of Farming’ to reflect the huge diversity within the the industry.

 

Open Farm Sunday manager Annabel Shackleton said: "Historically Open Farm Sunday has focused on the story of food production, but British farmers are responsible for so much more.

 

"Whether they are producing nutritious food, fuel, or crops for medicine, clothing and manufacturing, we want to reach out to all farmers to share their story."

 

This year’s Open Farm Sunday saw nearly 400 farms welcome 291,000 visitors; a record which LEAF is aiming to beat in 2016.

 

2016 will see the launch of a ’Share Your Story’ initiative to work alongside Open Farm Sunday. This is to encourage farmers to share their story, from how crops are grown and animals are cared for, to how they manage the countryside.

 

Ms Shackleton added: "The day is a great opportunity to show the public why farming is so important and to help build trust and understanding in agriculture.

 

"Whether farmers choose to hold a simple farm walk or a much bigger event, Open Farm Sunday is their chance to explain to the public what farming is all about and why it matters.

 

"We have lots of exciting new activities for Open Farm Sunday 2016 and are looking forward to even more farmers taking part next year.”

 

 


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