LEAF’s Online Farm Sunday is taking place this weekend (19th and 20th September) and to make it as vibrant as possible, the organisers are encouraging as many farmers and growers as possible to get involved on their social channels on the day.
Highlights of the weekend include a double bill of food and cooking with British produce on Saturday, and virtual farm tours from around the UK and a biodiversity special on Sunday. The event will also bring food and farming to the nation’s sitting rooms, giving many more people than ever the chance to see beyond the farm gate and find out what farming in the UK is all about.
Online farm tours on Sunday range from G’s vegetable production in Cambridgeshire, to pineapples in Ghana and rice production for Rice Crispies and Coco Pops in Spain. Ali Capper’s Stocks Farm on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border will also showcase UK apple production.
“To make it the very best it can be and to share the many stories of farming in the UK, we would love as many farmers to get involved on the day sharing their own photos, film clips and stories on social media using the tags #LOFS20 @OpenFarmSunday,” said a spokesperson.
The decision to make the Open Farm Sunday event virtual was taken due to the uncertainties around Covid-19. Manager of LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) Annabel Shackleton said, “We have such amazing support from across the farming industry and the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday and we wanted to celebrate it and all those who get involved, albeit in a different way. It is sad that the on-farm events cannot run as usual, but this will be a great opportunity for even more farmers to get involved online.”
Photo caption: G’s in Cambridgeshire is one of the growers supporting this year’s online event
Photo source: Leaf Open Farm Sunday