Open Farm Sunday in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 13:20 28 May 2019
LEAF Open Farm Sunday
There's the opportunity to get down on the farm in June as farmers around the county (and country) open their gates to the public
There's the opportunity to get down on the farm this month as farmers around the county (and country) open their gates to the public on June 9. Now in its 14th year, Open Farm Sunday organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), aims to give the public a better understanding of the sector through family open days.
Visitors will discover how food is produced, how the industry is changing with sustainable practices, how resources like water and soil are managed and how habitats are created to benefit wildlife. There will be the chance to meet families whose farms have been passed down the generations as well as those who have recently chosen the profession as a career.
Hertfordshire farms taking part include Lower Wilbury Farm in Letchworth which has rarebreed cattle and sheep, The Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, Bolton Park Farm in Potters Bar which has a milking herd, and Foxholes Farm in Hertford which will host tractor rides, talks, sheep shearing, butchery demonstrations and kitchen garden tours.
Catherine Smith, the latest in a long line of Smith farmers at Foxholes, said, 'Come and feed the animals and enjoy the wonderful Hertfordshire countryside, whilst learning how a real working farm brings food to the table from field to fork.'