Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Visit the Allerton Project for Open Farm Sunday on 7th June

Open Farm Sunday is one of the farming industry's big success stories and is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006 over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

2014 was a record year and farmers across the country welcomed more than 207,000 visitors through their gates. 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 and managing the countryside.

Our Allerton Project in Leicestershire has always supported Open Farm Sunday and as the event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year the team is promising to make this special celebration a wonderful day out for all the family.

As well as having the usual fun elements of animals, BIG farm machinery and exciting tractor and trailer rides a key element of the day is to give people a much better understanding of what we do in terms of sustainable farming and research. This often elicits a fascinating and very positive response from visitors.

There is frequently a considerable disconnect between farmers and consumers so opening up the farm to dispel some of the myths that exist is extremely satisfying for our wonderfully dedicated team.

We are always delighted that Kellogg’s, the famous cereal maker, takes part in Open Farm Sunday with us and this year they will be explaining how wheat from our fields ends up in your bowl of Bran Flakes. Free boxes of the product are given to every visitor attending the event.

In addition, local food producers will be displaying their wares with delicious local cider and home-made ice cream definite favourites of the day.

The Allerton ‘Open Farm Sunday’ event will take place on 7th June 2015 and the farm gates will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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