Creating connections and building awareness and understanding for people about how their food is produced, where it comes from and the huge range of goods and services farming delivers, is a key part of delivering more sustainable farming.
LEAF Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.
It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide.
Each event is unique based around the farm’s individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, demonstrations, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers’ market or farm shop.
A LEAF Open Farm School Day (LOFSD) is an opportunity for schools to visit a farm to experience high quality teaching and learning from one of LEAF’s Regional Education Consultants (RECs).
The content of the school day can be determined by the school in collaboration with their REC, bespoke to their current curriculum learning. Alternatively, LEAF Education provides a comprehensive ‘Suite of Offers’, this is a selection of daily programmes offered on farm covering different curriculum areas.