I have always had a huge interest in reconnecting people with where their food comes from. Getting involved in LEAF’s Speak Out initiative and Open Farm Sunday has given me the confidence to stand up in front of people and explain what I do and why.
LEAF offers fantastic Speak Out training courses, to help farmers communicate to the general public about what they do. It was great. We looked at everything from what makes a good farm visit, avoiding jargon through to health and safety and farming in the national curriculum.
Speak Out training really gave me the confidence to take the next step and get involved in Open Farm Sunday. It’s a great way to engage with our local community and it has really helped local people understand what goes on in the fields around them. One visitor commented after a tractor and trailer ride that they were amazed by what went on and that “it’s just like a business!”.