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Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 7 June, hundreds of farms across the country will welcome the public to the 10th Open Farm Sunday
How long since you walked across a field and took time to look at all the wildlife that live there, like the bees and other insects that pollinate the crops, the birds that nest in the hedgerows and the Worms that help to look after the soil?

The annual Open Farm Sunday is organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

It offers a great way for people to find out more about where their food comes from, talk to the farmers who produce it and get up close and personal with the countryside.

So if you haven’t visited a farm lately, put 7 June in your diary and find out about the story behind our food. Come and meet the farmers who grow the wheat and oats that go into our breakfast cereals and bread and look after the cattle and hens that produce our milk and eggs. Talk to them about how they rear the meat that goes into our Sunday roasts and sausages and see first-hand how our fruit and vegetables are grown.

A visit to a farm on Open Farm Sunday is guaranteed to be packed with a host of different experiences. When did you last hear a cow moo, a pig grunt or a sheep baa? How long since you walked across a field and took time to look at all the wildlife that live there, like the bees and other insects that pollinate the crops, the birds that nest in the hedgerows and the Worms that help to look after the soil? As well as producing our food, farmers are responsible for managing the countryside and all the wonderful wildlife that lives there.

Visiting a farm can be fascinating and fun! Here are just some of the activities that can be done on our farms – how many have you done recently?

Watched cows being milked | Met a farmer | Sat on a bale of hay | Taken a tractor and trailer ride | Watched sheep being sheared | Walked across a field or through a wood | Crushed an ear of wheat | Really looked into a hedgerow or stone wall | Felt a hairy gooseberry | Dug up a potato or picked your own strawberries | Seen vegetables growing | Peeked at pollinators in action | Gone digging for worms | Sat in a tractor cab | Held a newly hatched chick | Listened to pigs grunting or cows mooing | Seen a cow up close | Tried pond dipping

Visit a farm on 7 June and celebrate British farming and food. To find out which farms in your area are taking part visit farmsunday.org.

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