Thank you to all our supporters for another amazing Open Farm Sunday!

We welcomed nearly 1,200 visitors through our gates for a glorious sun-filled Open Farm Sunday on 5 June. This year, we had a tremendous 40% increase in visitors compared to our first year in 2014. So, you could say the ‘buzz’ around Open Farm Sunday is getting louder. In fact, according to figures from organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) around 400 farms opened across Britain with visitors exceeding over a quarter of a million!

Mark Knight, Tangmere Crops Manager said: “Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity to share with the local community how their food is produced. We were delighted to see people of all ages, interested in visiting the greenhouse to see our peppers growing and asking our team so many questions.”

This time, we offered some new activities to engage people with food and farming in a fun way. Highlights included our fact-finding trail, seed sowing and cookery demonstrations provided by local chef Giles Thompson and the Kitchen Academy. Children and parents also had an opportunity to ride custom-made bikes and blend their own healthy fruit (and pepper) smoothies. Watch our video overview of the day here.

It was lovely to receive such positive feedback from some of our visitors:

“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Eye-opening and instructive. Never seen so many peppers in my whole life and got some great explanation on their growing.”

“Thanks for having us on Sunday, we had a great time and learnt loads.”

“It was very interesting and impressive, thank you!”

We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and visitors for making this Open Farm Sunday such a success. Thank you also to everyone who kindly donated and helped us to raise money for our chosen charities: St Wilfrid’s Hospice and The Aldingbourne Trust.

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