The weekend of 20th September, farmers from across Britain and beyond, took part in LEAF Online Farm Sunday — an online celebration of farming, which gave hundreds of thousands of people the chance to discover more about how and where their food is produced.
LEAF’s Online Farm Sunday, which this year replaced the traditional on-farm events, included a packed programme of interactive live video tours and demonstrations on the LEAF Open Farm Sunday Facebook page, with farmers across the country also sharing their own pictures, recipes and video clips across social media.
On Sunday 20th September, viewers went behind the scenes at farms across the British Isles touring parts of farms that they would not normally get a chance to see during a traditional LEAF Open Farm Sunday ’live’ visit. For the first time, two international farms also opened their virtual gates in West Africa and Spain.
LEAF’s Honorary President, HRH The Countess of Wessex, recorded a special message of support to kick off the day, before the first live video welcomed people to see vegetable harvesting in action at LEAF Demonstration Farm, G’s Fresh. The day’s tours then made stops at an organic Arla dairy farm in Dorset, a Welsh sheep farm, mixed farms in Scotland and Jersey, pigs in Wensleydale and concluded with NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board Chairman, Ali Capper showing viewers her fruit and hops farm in Worcestershire. Virtual tours from further afield enabled people to get a glimpse of a Kellogg’s rice farm in Spain and a LEAF Marque pineapple farm in Ghana.
Read the full press release here.
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