It’s nearly here, Open Farm Sunday 2011!

This year’s Open Farm Sunday is just about a month away. So here is a mini update on what’s been going on in the run up to this year’s event. Regional Co-ordinators 2011 larger

Registrations got off to a great start at the beginning of the year and continue to rise daily. We’ve had some really positive feedback from the 180 farmers that attended host farmer workshops across the UK in March and April.

The websitehas been updated and our team of regional co-ordinators (above) have done a fantastic job to support host farmers and promote Open Farm Sunday across their regions. We’re also getting some great media coverage with numerous radio interviews coverage in the trade press and Open Farm Sunday mentioned in a number of magazines such BBC Good Food, Good Housekeeping, Prima, Ben Health, Junior, Delicious and many more.

Our sponsors have been fantastic! They are not only providing the vital financial support but really getting behind the whole event helping to promote Open Farm Sunday to their customers, encouraging their staff to help host farmers on the day, developing some great resources and much more.

So my message to all farmers is THANK YOU for taking part in this year’s Open Farm Sunday – we appreciate all your hard work. Please make sure that your event is registered and that you have ordered your FREE resource pack – our mailing company are working as fast as they can to get the packs sent out.

If you are keen to open your farm on 12th June – it’s not too late to register. There is lots of help and support on the website. 80% of farmers that took part last year reported real business benefits in opening up such as increased sales, improved staff moral and gaining new contacts. So, please go to and register now!

About the Author

Annabel_ShackletonAnnabel Shackleton is LEAF’s Events Manager. Brought up in a city but now living in rural Warwickshire, Annabel is passionate about British farming and wildlife. She is big fan of LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday and dedicated to ensuring it continues to grow. Annabel joined LEAF on 1st December 2010 having worked in a number of marketing roles within the land-based sector over the past 15 years. You can contact Annabel on and be sure to follow @OpenFarmSunday on twitter!


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