Bedfordia’s Open Farm Sunday event this year broke all records by raising a staggering £4,500 for charity. A previous event in 2013 raised £3,600.
Over 2,000 people visited Bedfordia Farms in Milton Ernest who hosted the day as part of the UK-wide initiative sponsored by LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming – aimed at helping young and old make the link between the food on their plate and the farm.
Children enjoyed clambering on farm machinery, seeing a sow and piglets, learning how wheat and oilseed rape are grown and seeing the grain lorry tipping grain.
Highlights of the day were:
• 80 volunteers manning stalls and activities (volunteers largely made up of employees families and friends of Bedfordia)
• 2,000+ visitors of all ages
• 2,000 slices of cake sold
• 1,000 tractor + trailer rides which took visitors up through Bedfordia’s farmland and around the Biogen’s Twinwoods food waste recycling plant.
John Ibbett, Chairman of Bedfordia Farms and Biogen said of the open day, “We are very proud of what we do at Bedfordia and Biogen, and the opportunity to share that with the local community is a huge incentive to our staff, our families, neighbours and business colleagues to come and volunteer their services for the day.
Our aim is to put on an incredibly inexpensive family day out, where parents and children alike can come and see behind the scenes of a ‘proper’ working farm.
The fact we are able to both educate people about farming, and at the same time raise money for charities and give something back to the community, is the icing on the cake. We are delighted to have raised £4,500 from donations and refreshments – every single penny of which we will be donating to our chosen charities.”
Charities which will benefit from Bedfordia’s Open Farm Sunday event are: Bedford Foodbank, Road Victims Trust and RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) plus local pre-school groups.