More than 1,500 visitors went through the gates of Frogmary Green Farm in Somerset last weekend as broiler growers Nick and Claire Bragg hosted not one, but two open farm events.
The first was the Open Farm School Day on Friday 13 June, which saw 450 youngsters from 13 local schools on the farm. This was followed by a more general Open Farm Sunday on 15 June, which attracted a crowd of 1,100 from all over the county.
As well as the Bragg’s commercial broiler sheds – one of which has a purpose-built viewing gallery – the visitors were able to get up close to hatching chicks, static farm machinery, lambs and goats, as well as a demonstration of carrot harvesting.
Feed supplier ABN was also on hand to explain about the composition of poultry rations, while Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) chief executive Caroline Drummond and Farming and Countryside Education (Face) chief executive Dan Corlett both attended the school day.
“We are passionate about showing people how and where their food is produced, and how healthy it is,” said Mrs Bragg. “We had a perfect time – and the weather helped.”
Attracting such a large crowd involved a lot of planning, including posters, leaflet drops and visits to local schools, and even taking a tractor to Sainsbury’s in Taunton to publicise the event.
“Many people have now heard about us through word of mouth, and many were coming back for a second time following last year’s event ,” said Mrs Bragg, who also paid tribute to the 80 local and farming friends who helped out during the two days.
The Braggs also thanked the NFU South West Poultry Board and the South West Chicken Association for subsidising transport for the schools.