Did you know that 15% of adults didn’t know that a dairy cow is female and that 20% didn’t know that acorns come from oak trees? More and more people are losing touch with the countryside and food production.
Last week I was shocked to find that none of the chilled Indian chicken dishes in Tesco was labelled as containing British chicken and when I talk to people about it, they shrug their shoulders and think I’m making a fuss about nothing. I passionately believe in British food; we have some of the highest welfare standards in the world and although British farmers produce wonderful food they aren't always good at explaining what they do and why it's important. So I think Open Farm Sunday is a really good way for everybody to get out onto a farm to find out more. It gives people the chance to reconnect with the countryside and to learn about life on Britain’s farms – to find out where our food comes from, what technology is used and the role that farmers play in caring for the countryside.
This Sunday our neighbour James Hawkes is hosting Open Farm Sunday at Gate Farm, Moulsham Hall Lane, Great Leighs CM3 1PZ and we’ll be there to help him. There’ll be tractor and trailer rides, sheep and lambs, baking and lots to see and touch. Find out more by visiting Open Farm Sunday.