LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is delighted to announce that the backing from the farming and food industry for this year’s Open Farm Sunday is stronger than ever, with both new and previous sponsors committing to support the 2014 campaign. Asda, The Co-operative, M&S, Tesco and Waitrose are all confirmed as 2014 sponsors, alongside AHDB, BASF, Country Life butter, Defra, Farmers Weekly, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, National Farmers Union, Syngenta and Hellmann’s.
Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday manager said: “The theme for this year is ‘Celebrate British Farming and Food’ so it’s fabulous to have so many key UK industry players backing us. We’d like to say a big thank you to each of the sponsors who all play a critical role in the success of Open Farm Sunday. Such wide support shows the shared impetus from right across the sector, to reconnect the public with the story behind their food. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, so if any organisations would like to be involved this year, please do get in touch.”
Registrations to take part in Open Farm Sunday on the 8th June opened two months ago, and are already at a record level for this time of year with 130 farms registered to date. To help farmers who are opening for Open Farm Sunday, LEAF is organising a Roadshow of free Information Events around the country, bringing together new and experienced host farmers to share ideas and top tips on how to host inspiring visits. The Open Farm Sunday Roadshow commenced in Yorkshire at the start of the month and finishes in Powys on the 1st May.
Also taking place during the fortnight either side of Open Farm Sunday is the Open Farm School Days initiative where thousands of school children will visit a farm to find out how their food is produced.
To register or find out more about Open Farm Sunday, Open Farm School Days or to book a place on an Open Farm Sunday Information Event, visit www.farmsunday.org