Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.
Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. So, come and feed your senses on Open Farm Sunday.
Each event is unique with its own activities – based around the farm’s own individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or picnics.
These are the farms that are taking part in Kent;
Chegworth Valley will once again be opening its farm gates for a rare chance to see behind the scenes at their organic farm. The farm is offering guided tours which will run every hour from 11am – 3pm, with free admission
The Barn Yard at Gore Farm is offering a range of activities including a showcase of farm machinery, nature trails, farm animals including Donkeys, Shetland Ponies, Alpacas, Goats, Rabbits and Wildfowl, plus fun and games throughout the day. There is free admission but there is a charge for some of the activities.
Karoben Farm will be open from 10:30 – 17:00, with a Cuddly corner, Adventure farm trail quiz, crafts and more! There is also a tea room for great cakes or cream teas and a bbq with our own sausages!
£1 entry for adults 50p children.
On the 3rd July 2016 between 1.30-4.30pm, G H Dean & Co are offering the afternoon to visit their farm. It is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the production of their delicious fruit, and to find out about how they farm and other activities and displays.
They are open on the 11th June 2016 from 10.00am until 3.00pm. They are a farm for children and adults with learning difficulties where they can access farm animals ie pig/piglets, sheep/lambs, calves, hens where eggs are collected and graded. There will also be a small animal section with rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters and rats, snakes, lizards and more.
Romshed Farm is an organic mixed farm with beef, lamb, pork and chickens raised naturally on plenty of grass. On 5th June 2016 from 11am-4pm there will be guided farm walks to see the pig, lambs, calves, chickens and wildflower meadows. Children`s activities and this year a special Plants and Pollinators Painting Competition for everyone.
On the 5th June 2016 Biddenden Vineyards will be open for visits with a fruit and farm shop and free admission
This event on the 5th June is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to discover what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside. Enjoy tractor and trailer rides to see the combine harvester and other farming machinery on display, meet the people involved in the story behind your food, watch sheep shearing demonstrations and take part in other fun activities.
On the 5th June 2016 Silcocks farm will be open to the public, giving them the opportunity to see demonstrations on cheese making, a butchery display, iron work & smithy as well as other stalls. There will be a wide range of food and drink available as well as farms walks and animal displays.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of our organic dairy farm. Take a family-friendly guided tour and learn about the inputs, outputs and processes of the farm and what it takes to be a farmer. You will find out what it means to be organic and how the cows are kept. You will also see what the cows eat and go into the milking parlour to see the cows being milked
£1 per person entry fee raising money for Hospice in the Weald. Meet the cows, calves and sheep, milking demonstration at 2pm. Talk on the life of a dairy cow and a day on the farm. Talk by local vet. Machinery display, tractor and trailer rides, , BBQ and teas. Face painting by SJ Parties, Children’s entertainment by Boppin Tots. Local produce for sale, including our home bred beef and pork.
Information is from the Open Farm Sunday Official website, for further information about Open Farm Sunday or any of the farms above go to https://farmsunday.org/visit-a-farm/