On Sunday 11th June Moulton College took part in the National LEAF Open Farm Sunday event to showcase the fascinating world of farming.
The event was a huge success with nearly 200 people visiting, giving them the opportunity to understand the work of farmers as well as getting involved in fun activities. Visitors had the chance to create some fun farm related crafts, view and learn about sheep shearing, see our lambs and cows as well as seeing the farm on a tractor and trailer tour. There was even a vist from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue's Animal Rescue vehicles, demonstrating the methods they use.
Moulton College currently farms 509 hectares, including 64 hectares of rented land under various tenancy agreements.
All the College land is farmed commercially and run as any regular farm. It is also used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, malting barley, short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep.
Open Farm Sunday is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming); the leading organisation at the forefront of delivering more sustainable food and farming. Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday Manager at LEAF commented: “Modern farming is incredibly diverse and impacts on all of us - from the clothes we wear to the medicines we take and the food we eat, as well as managing our beautiful countryside for us all to enjoy. Farming plays a vital part in all our lives. LEAF Open Farm Sunday gives everyone the rare opportunity to see farming in real life and to learn about the hard work, care and pride that goes into the work farmers do, which is so vital to the environment, our lives and the economy.’
To find out more about LEAF and Open Farm Sunday visit www.farmsunday.org or www.leafuk.org