Supporting LEAF

Barleylands Supports LEAF Open Farm School Days!

As Tesco Farm to Fork Trail Partners, we’re once again pulling out all the stops to support LEAF. Throughout the month of June we’ll be welcoming over 2,000 school children from Essex and East London for Open Farm School Days, as well as joining in Open Farm Sunday on 7th June.

On Open Farm School Days children will enjoy following a farm trail, meeting farm animals, taking a tractor and trailer ride around growing crops, milling their own wheat in the Discovery Barn and getting their hands into flour to cook some healthy treats in the purpose built kitchen/classroom.

The Philpot family, who own Barleylands, have been at the forefront of educating children about where their food comes from, and how to use it, for over 30 years. During this time we have seen school children visitor numbers increase year on year to a point where we welcomed a record 12,500 children in 2014 with every visitor cooking a healthy snack from scratch.

The family farm 4,400 hectares in Essex and Suffolk growing among other things, wheat, oilseeds and potatoes.

Owner Chris Philpot said “as a LEAF member we are delighted to be supporting Open Farm Sunday and Open Farm School Days. It is a great way of showing off what an excellent job British Farmers do in producing our food and protecting the countryside”

On Open Farm Sunday Barleylands are linking with Tesco and welcoming children to visit the Farm Park free when they say the special secret word found on the Open Farm Sunday website. They’ll be able to follow a trail and join in other special activities. More.