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Michael Hopps
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Open Farm Sunday – 9th June 2013

Discover the story behind your food and find out more about the countryside, by making a date with Open Farm Sunday on the 9th June. Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) this is a great chance to see for yourself how our food is grown and produced, to talk to the farmers who produce it and have a fantastic day out too! 

Hundreds of farms across the country are offering the opportunity to come and discover the story behind your food and get a fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside that you wouldn’t normally see:   

Take a guided walk around a farm and hear at first hand how farmers manage valuable resources like water and energy 
Learn why worms are a cereal farmer’s best friend and how bees and other insects can help our vegetable crops grow 
See what lives in the miles and miles of hedgerows farmers plant and care for and understand why the quality of grass matters to livestock farmers 
Be amazed too, at the level of technology there is on many farms - starting with the many gadgets in an ‘average’ tractor! 

Every Open Farm Sunday event is different, with a range of activities including farm tours, nature walks, milking demonstrations, sheep shearing and tractor and trailer rides. Plus there’s the chance to get close to some of the incredible machinery that is used on a modern farm. Meet not only the farmer but some of the many other skilled individuals a farmer works with every day, such as vets and agronomists (plant doctors). 

To find a farm to visit near you visit www.farmsunday.org. You can use the icons on the website to help you locate a farm that is of most interest and to see what they have organised for visitors. From dairy to cereal crops, vegetables to beef, and poultry to pigs, farms of all types and sizes are opening on the 9th June to tell the story behind our food and so much more….

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Winter pictures taken by the staff of Yorkshire Water whilst they've been working out & about in the snow.

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