Find out about Open Farm Sunday

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Farmers in Scarborough and across the local area are invited to a free information event about this year’s Open Farm Sunday.

The event will be held at Side Oven Bakery, Carr House Farm, Foston on the Wolds, Driffield on Tuesday April 16.

As well as being on the media agenda, public interest in where food comes from is at an all-time high, so there has never been a better or more relevant time to take part in Open Farm Sunday.

This is why LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is encouraging more farmers than ever before in Scarborough and across the region to get involved.

It is hoped the information event will inspire and enthuse host farmers, with new ideas on how to put on a great Open Farm Sunday event.

It will also aim to equip them with the latest health and safety information as well as the chance to share ideas and experiences with other host farmers.

Booking is essential. For full details or to register your Open Farm Sunday event please visit www.farmsunday.org

LEAF offers a huge range of free resources to help farmers put on interesting and engaging events.

Research from LEAF shows that many farmers report real business benefits from opening on Open Farm Sunday.

These can include sharing knowledge, increased sales, improved staff morale, team building and the development of new skills.

Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday manager, said: “Whether you are planning an invitation-only event for 20 or so guests, or a large open day for over 1,000 visitors, every event matters.

“Open Farm Sunday is a valuable day for visitors and farmers alike. There is so much to celebrate about British farming.”

The eighth annual Open Farm Sunday will be held on June 9, 2013. Visitors will be able to learn from farmers themselves how natural plant and insect species are encouraged to thrive alongside crops, they will get a close-up look at farm animals and see how the needs of wildlife are balanced with modern food production.