Open Farm Day fun for families

By Ginny Ware   |   Totnes Reporter   |
Tuesday 7th June 2022 2:18 pm
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Farmer David Camp shows visitors around his farm (. )

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Farmers David and Helen Camp are opening the doors of their organic Harberton farm on Sunday (June 12) as part of the national farming industry’s annual open day.

This year’s Open Farm Sunday focuses on health and asks farmers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, climate mitigation, nutritious food and well-managed countryside.

Visitors to Daynes Farm will have the chance to discover real farming first hand and see for themselves how their food is produced.

David  said “After a break of three years we’re looking forward to welcoming the public to the farm for our third Open Farm Sunday.

“I hope we can help people understand more about farming, food production and how we grow our crops and look after livestock whilst  maintaining the environment through our Countryside Stewardship scheme.”

David and Helen have a range of livestock and grow vegetables and cereal on their organic holding.

The programme includes the opportunity to see the couple’s cows, sheep and lambs, goats, chickens and Tamworth pigs, and find out what crops they grow to feed the stock.

Tamworth pigs, a new enterprise at Daynes Farm (. )

Other activities include sheep shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, children’s quiz and craft activities, plus farm walks at 11.30am and 2pm.

Members of the local Young Farmers’ Club will be on hand to help out as guides.

Hot and cold drinks and cakes will be available for donations, and visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics.

The free event, from 11am to 4pm, will also enable visiting farmers and landowners to find out more about the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme which has benefited David’s farm.

Young Farmers helping out at Daynes Farm open day in 2019 (. )

Diane Lethbridge South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spokeswoman, said: “David and his family have put a lot of work into staging Open Farm Sunday; it will be a fantastic showcase for the  farming industry and great day out for the public.

“The farm has recently benefited from funding to  create a farm shop, erect bird boxes and undertake a variety of measures to deliver benefits for nature.”

The event is free of charge  and will be signposted from the  A381 Totnes – Harbertonford  Road.

Other South Hams farms taking part in Open Farm Sunday, which is organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) are Ladywell Farm, Ivybridge; Scobbiscombe Farm, Kingston and Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh.

Bowden farm is an organic dairy, beef and sheep farm which has adopted sustainable and thoughtful farming techniques.

Visitors will be able to see cows being milked, baby calves, sheep shearing, working dog demonstrations and a static machinery display.

They will also be able to take part in a nature trail and enjoy a tractor or trailer ride.

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