Calls for farmers to open their gates for Open Farm Sunday 2022

Article from Farmer’s Weekly

More farmers are being actively encouraged to open their gates and welcome members of the public during the industry’s annual open day.

Last year, more than 100 farms hosted a Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) Open Farm Sunday (OFS) event under Covid-safe guidelines, and prior to the pandemic, more than 350 farms across Britain – covering all agricultural sectors – opened each year.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday 12 June and the organisers are hopeful that many more farms will welcome visitors with the likelihood of Covid restrictions being significantly eased.

OFS 2022 – the 16th event since the initiative was launched in 2006 – will focus on the many health benefits that can be found on a farm, ranging from healthy soils and the production of healthy food to the mental health benefits of being outdoors.

The organisers Leaf are calling on farmers to take part and organise their own event to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, climate mitigation, nutritious food and a well-managed countryside.

Annabel Shackleton, Leaf OFS manager, said every farmer can plan their own event, engage their local community, share their farming story, dispel misconceptions and give visitors a hugely positive, memorable experience.

Calls for farmers to open their gates for Open Farm Sunday 2022
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More farmers are being actively encouraged to open their gates and welcome members of the public during the industry’s annual open day.

Last year, more than 100 farms hosted a Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) Open Farm Sunday (OFS) event under Covid-safe guidelines, and prior to the pandemic, more than 350 farms across Britain – covering all agricultural sectors – opened each year.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday 12 June and the organisers are hopeful that many more farms will welcome visitors with the likelihood of Covid restrictions being significantly eased.

OFS 2022 – the 16th event since the initiative was launched in 2006 – will focus on the many health benefits that can be found on a farm, ranging from healthy soils and the production of healthy food to the mental health benefits of being outdoors.

The organisers Leaf are calling on farmers to take part and organise their own event to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, climate mitigation, nutritious food and a well-managed countryside.

Annabel Shackleton, Leaf OFS manager, said every farmer can plan their own event, engage their local community, share their farming story, dispel misconceptions and give visitors a hugely positive, memorable experience. To read the rest of this article from Farmer’s Weekly please click here.

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