Open Farm Sunday 2016

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Did you know that it’s Open Farm Sunday this weekend?


A recent survey carried out by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) revealed that more than one in four people questioned (26%) were unable to identify that milk came from a dairy cow, one in five (22%) didn’t know that eggs came from chickens and just under a quarter (23%) were unaware that bacon comes from pigs.

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Although many consumers think we should produce more food in Britain, the majority are unaware that we are currently 60% self-sufficient in the UK and many fail to make the connection between popular products like beer, porridge or mustard with British farms. Sixteen percent didn’t know crops used for breakfast cereals are grown in this country and forty-two percent were unaware that mustard seed is grown on British farms.

The survey also revealed that 26% of those questioned had never visited a farm. This is one of the reasons that we’ve been involved with Open Farm Sunday from the start. It’s our chance as farmers to invite people of all ages to visit the farm, to discover the story behind their food and to see what happens on a modern arable farm.

This year we’re making it an Open Farm weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) Bill will be taking a group around Slamseys Farm on a guided walk where our visitors will be able to ask him questions, find out what’s growing in the fields and see a little behind the scenes.

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On Sunday, we’re joining our neighbour James, who is opening his farm for the afternoon. Yesterday, we went to his introductory briefing for neighbouring farmers who will be helping on Sunday and there’s going to be plenty for visitors to do. Everyone will be able to see the tractors and machinery that are used to grow our food, meet a farmer on the tractor and trailer tour, and learn about wildlife on the farm. The ever popular hand operated flour mills will be there so that children can mill their own flour, either to take home or to keep the bread baker in the barn supplied.

If you want to find out the story behind our food and how farming affects our everyday lives, why not visit a farm on Sunday? The Farm Sunday website has lots of information about the day and you can search for an Open Farm Sunday event near you.

16 thoughts on “Open Farm Sunday 2016

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    We used to take the playgroup children to a farm at lambing time and they absolutely loved the experience. I am truly shocked at the statistics you quoted at the beginning. I think you are amazing for opening your farm this weekend. Thanks

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  2. Sarah @ Say Little Hen says:

    Oh my goodness – those statistics absolutely blow my mind! How can anyone not know that eggs come from chickens I wonder?!

    I think the Open Farm idea sounds wonderful, I hope it all goes well for you.

    Sarah x

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  3. Sam says:

    I’m amazed by those stats – really?! It’s ridiculous that some people don’t know where their food comes from. Best of luck for the weekend. It sounds as though you have loads of interesting attractions. I’ve not noticed any ‘open farm’ signs around here but I’ll have a look when I go out in a bit.

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      The statistics amazed me too. Some of the children who visited on Open Farm Sunday were incredibly knowledgeable. One seven year old knew more about tractors than I ever want to know.

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  4. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    I hope your open day was a success too Anne. Just as e said, I am sure there would be similar statistics here in Australia. Things that are completely natural/normal to us seem to have missed a whole lot of people somewhere along the way.

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    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I suppose some people just don’t care. To be honest, I don’t totally understand electricity but so long as the lights come on when I flick the switch, then I’m happy.

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  5. Brian Skeys says:

    It has been like that for almost two generations now. We use to have a yearly visit from the local primary school when I was a Dairy Herd Manger down in Wiltshire. I always found it very rewarding.

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