Almost 400 farms will open their gates to the public in just under two week’s time (7 June) as part of the fourth national Open Farm Sunday event.

The initiative, organised by LEAF, is designed to give the general public first hand experience of what it is like on a farm in order to improve understanding of agriculture’s role in society.

Farms of every size and variety are due to take part in the day – some people will just host a small farm tour for people living in their local village. But others are expecting to draw crowds into the thousands with tractor and trailer rides, farmers’ markets and activities for children among the attractions.

In total, over 150,000 people are expected to attend one of the events.

“This is a day for us all to show off the industry and the practices that we are proud of, to build trust and understanding among the public and sow the seeds among children encouraging them to think about the opportunities that farming and the food industry offers them when they grow up,” said LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond.

Farmers who are hosting an event are being reminded that now is the time to promote the event to their neighbours and local area.

LEAF is suggesting that people contact their local paper, radio and TV station with a concise, informative email message that will attract a journalist’s attention. This should include a really eye catching photo of you and your farm which will improve your chances of getting coverage.

Send in your pictures…

  • Farmers Weekly will once again be running your pictures of Open Farm Sunday in the magazine and online on Farmers Weekly Interactive.So don’t forget to take lots of pictures during your event and get them to us as quickly as possible.
  • You can either email them or upload them direct to our online gallery.
  • We’ll be choosing a selection to run in our 12 June issue of FW magazine – but we’ll need to pick them out on 8 & 9 June. So the sooner you get them to us, the more likely you will be to feature.
  • It may be worth trying to get two or three people taking pictures so you have a good selection of informal shots (don’t worry about getting people to pose for the camera, although if all we can see is the back of their heads it would be a shame.) Pictures also need to be a minimum file size of 250KB so don’t resize them unless they are more than 4MB).