More than 250 farms opened their gates last month – showcasing the best of British agriculture to tens of thousands of visitors.
The LEAF Open Farm Sunday event on 12 June saw fields and farmyards filled with families – each looking to learn more about how their food is produced, how the countryside is managed and what it is like to have a career in agriculture.
Visiting a working farm provides an opportunity for people to talk to growers and livestock producers – demonstrating to the public that agriculture is a proud and welcoming industry.
As well as learning about the importance of healthy crops and livestock, visitors had the opportunity to discover the importance of soil and water health, biodiversity and habitat management. Events included farm walks, trailer rides and barbecues.
Visitors included two Defra ministers. Lord Benyon visited Row Farm in Berkshire; and farm minister Victoria Prentis visited D’Oyley’s Farm, near Oxford – a regenerative family farm managed by the White family for three generations.
Ms Prentis said: “British farmers are doing a tremendous job in delivering high-quality produce that is both sustainable and nutritious, and it is wonderful to see their commitment to inspiring the younger generation to enter the industry.”
Open Farm Sunday manager Annabel Shackleton said: “With the public’s growing consciousness around the environment and sustainability, farming’s annual open day is more important than ever to build support for British farming and food.”
Congratulating everyonne involved, Ms Shackleton said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2022 another huge success, particularly all the host farmers, volunteers and our sponsors.”
The day was a fitting tribute to LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond, who died last month.
Ms Shackleton said: “Caroline always loved to see the public on farm learning about this industry we’re all so passionate about.
“The sunshine brought Caroline’s warmth to so many as host farmers remembered her. At the end of the day, regular Open Farm Sunday hosts, FarmEco in Nottinghamshire, paid tribute to ‘CD’ and sang along to a band playing ‘Sweet Caroline’.”
The next Open Farm Sunday takes place on 11 June 2023. For details, visit www.openfarmsunday.org