Saturday 10 June 2017

Open Farm Sunday

Opening up their farms to the general public this month farmers across the country are working with the charity LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) to host Open Farm Sunday.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF, 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, animal feeding, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or farm shop.

Whilst we are fortunate to experience farming and animals through my family’s farm and local experiences with farm animals, as we love animals and admire the hard work that farmers do we love Open Farm Sunday. Also we fully champion Open Farm Sunday as this initiative allows children and grown-ups who are not as fortunate as us to have experienced a farm see how a farm works and get to get to know farm animals up close and personal.

Last year we visited a local farm - Lower Treginnis Farm, St.David’s in Pembrokeshire - and had a fun-filled farmtastic day out with them and Blas Y Tir. Here are a few of the highlights of our time at Lower Treginnis which is 1 of 3 farms ran by the charity Farms for City Children and is the most westerly farm in Wales.

Tomorrow many farms across the country are opening their gates to the public to showcase their farms and the animals they tend to. As we love Open Farm Sunday we will be revisiting Lower Treginnis Farm tomorrow the 11th of June 2017 and as a bonus another local farm near my family - Gorwel Farm in Ceredigion - is hosting Open Farm Sunday next week on the 18th of June 2017 which we will be visiting so the kids get to experience 2 farms this year.

Take a look at the Open Farm Sunday website to find a farm near you that you can visit for Open Farm Sunday.

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