On Sunday, June 7, hundreds of farms across the country will be opening their gates to welcome the public for the tenth Open Farm Sunday.
This annual event organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), offers a great way for people to find out more about where their food comes from, talk to the farmers who produce it and get up close and personal with the countryside.
Farming is a progressive industry and has made many changes and innovations in the past ten years, with farmers using a mixture of traditional and modern technology on their farms. Some of the most recent introductions include drones, robot milking machines and even driverless tractors!
Opening their North Bellshill Farm as part of this popular initiative are Belford farmers John and Helen Renner.
Helen said: “Bellshill is a traditional mixed family farm located between Berwick and Alnwick, bordering the edge of the Northumberland National Park. The Renner family has farmed in this area for over 400 years.
“The farm is split over two sites extending to 500 acres. We have a herd of home bred ewes and suckler cows. The highest point on our farm is 170m above sea level and there are some excellent views over the countryside.
“Our strong tradition of combining environmental care with practical farming runs right through the business. We are a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Farm, highlighting our dedication to sustainable farming.”
What to see and do at North Bellshill Farm on Open Farm Sunday: Walk through the farm, experience the wildlife and take a look at the farming practices; Visit the pond and go pond dipping!; Experience the fantastic views of the countryside; Learn about the heritage of potatoes, and find out how to grow your own!
North Bellshill Farm’s Open Farm Sunday event will take place on June 7 from 10am-4pm.
A visit to a farm on Open Farm Sunday is guaranteed to be packed with a host of different experiences. When did you last hear a cow moo, a pig grunt or a sheep baa? How long since you walked across a field and took time to look at all the wildlife that live there, like the bees and other insects that pollinate the crops, the birds that nest in the hedgerows and the worms that help to look after the soil?
As well as producing our food, farmers are responsible for managing the countryside and all the wonderful wildlife that lives there.
Come and meet the farmers who grow the wheat and oats that go into our breakfast cereals and bread and look after the cattle and hens that produce our milk and eggs. Talk to them about how they rear the meat that goes into our Sunday roasts and sausages and see first hand how our fruit and vegetables are grown.
Alongside Open Farm Sunday, farms across Britain also host Open Farm School Days which will run throughout June. They will provide thousands of school children with the opportunity to visit a farm to learn more about where their food comes from and how it is produced.