A cheese maker and diversifying beef farmer are hosting information days about LEAF Open Farm Sundays (LOFS).

Bath Soft Cheese and Trethorn Leisure are inviting interested farmers to find out more about opening their farms to the public on Sunday, June 7.

The free networking and information events will take place in March and April, featuring presentations by experienced host farmers. Led by a LEAF Open Farm Sunday co-ordinator, topics covered include planning and event promotion, communicating your farming story, managing visitor numbers, health and safety and useful hints and tips to help the process run smoothly.

Annabel Shackleton, LEAF Open Farm Sunday manager, said: “This year is LEAF Open Farm Sunday’s 15th anniversary and we’re keen to build on its success and see even more farms across the country taking part. These relaxed and informal events are a great opportunity for getting ideas and networking with other farmers taking part. Whether organising an event for the first time or an experienced host - there is something for everyone, however large or small your event.”

LEAF Open Farm Sunday gives the public the opportunity to discover where their food comes from and how farmers care for the countryside. More than 400 farms across the country, from Jersey to the Shetland Isles, are expected to open on Sunday 7th June 2020.

“As well as showing the public what farming delivers and its role in climate change mitigation, there are real business benefits too. Hosting an event can help farmers boost sales, learn new marketing skills, and build staff morale and sense of pride. You can gain new contacts, or simply improve relationships with your local community.” said Mrs Shackleton.

The south west events are:

  • On Friday, March 17 from 1-3pm at Bath Soft Cheese, Park Farm, Kelston, Bath, BA1 9AQ
  • On Thursday, April 2 from 1-3pm at Trethorne Leisure, Kennards House, Launceston, PL15 8QE

Booking is essential at https://farmsunday.org/open-my-farm/information-events

For more information call LEAF on 024 7641 3911 or email openfarmsunday@leafuk.org

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In addition to these information days, LOFS host farmers are offered a range of free support which includes:

• Online webinars and information videos

• A host farmer information pack available to download for farmers considering hosting their first LEAF Open Farm Sunday event

• A free resource pack containing publicity material (posters, flyers, gate banner, etc), suggested activities, health and safety guidance, polo shirt and lots more

• Website (farmsunday.org) where farmers can find the full list of networking and information events, register and promote their LOFS event, order free resource packs, and find out more about LEAF Open Farm Sunday

• Communications toolkit to help farmers prepare for speaking with the public on the day