Open Farm Sunday at Sandford, near Ringwood, and New Forest Fruit Farm in East Boldre
NEW Forest producers are to throw open their doors as part of the annual Leaf Open Farm Sunday showcase.
Organised as an opportunity for the public to find out more about sustainable farming and food production, participating local farms include Brixeys Dairy at Sandford near Ringwood and the New Forest Fruit Farm in Church Lane, East Boldre.
Taking place this year on 12th June, the event offers an opportunity for the public to visit a farm and get a glimpse into how food is produced and what farmers do to manage the environment.
Visitors can hear from farmers about production of bread and cereals, milk, meat and fruit and vegetables.
Brixeys Dairy in Sandford is home to a herd of about 600 cross-bred Jersey/Friesian dairy cattle, who are outside on pasture for most of the year, coming in to calve in February.
Their hybrid breeding reduces their size and increase their health and hardiness, and their high quality milk is sold to Arla, which produces Anchor butter, Skyr yoghurt and Cravendale milk.
The farm will be open 10am-4pm with displays of vintage and modern farm machinery, tours of the milking parlour, tractor and trailer rides, woodland walks, flyfishing demonstrations, insect life investigations and Forestry and game exhibits.
The New Forest Fruit Farm in East Boldre is a blueberry and strawberry farm which will be open 10am-3pm. Highlights of the event will include strawberry tasting, farm tours and tractor rides with commentary.
Leaf Open Farm Sunday spokesperson Annabel Shackleton said: “From soil and water management, to crop and livestock health, a trip to a Leaf Open Farm Sunday event will help you discover more about the story of your food, and see the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, food production and a well managed countryside.”
For full details, visit www.farmsunday.org