Belfast Telegraph

Get on my land! Farmers to open gates for weekend

By Linda Stewart

Farms across Northern Ireland will be throwing open their gates this summer as part of the new Open Farm Weekend.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the initiative is an exciting opportunity to show the public what really happens on farms and where food comes from.

Many farmers are already planning fun activities such as treasure hunts, wildlife walks and sack races for the weekend of June 23 and 24. The union is calling on more farmers to grasp the opportunity to put the spotlight on the work they do.

Farmers taking part will receive training this April from Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) to help them understand the technicalities of hosting an event and ensure they get the most out of their involvement in the project.

UFU president John Thompson said:“This is an exciting opportunity to show the public what really happens on farms and where the food we eat everyday comes from.

“We want to encourage farmers to grasp the opportunity and help us put the spotlight on the hard work they do day in day out.”

Open Farm Weekend organisers will be providing participating farms with resources and advice to support their event. With a special ‘farm in the city’ launch in Belfast City Centre set for early April, organisers are almost ready to finalise the list of participating farms.

To find out more about getting involved, visit www.open farmweekend.com, or on Facebook and Twitter, or call Lindsay at Food NI on 028 9024 9449.

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