The University of Reading participates in Open Farm Sunday for the first time

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11th May 2018

The University of Reading, will participate in Open Farm Sunday (10th June) for the first time this year, as it opens its doors to local residents to visit our farm and learn more about the innovative research that is conducted by our crop and livestock scientists.

The event will run in the afternoon from 1pm to 4:30pm, at Sonning Farm and will provide a fun family day out with tractor rides, interactive activities, food stalls, and opportunities to learn about and explore the farm environment.

Chris Reynolds, Professor of Animal & Dairy Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, and Director of CEDAR (Centre for Dairy Research), said: "We are delighted to be able to take part in Open Farm Sunday after being named as a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre in Autumn 2017.

"Our LEAF status recognises that our work supports the research, development and promotion of an integrated farm management approach, so being able to participate in such an event is very important to us."

Chris continued: "LEAF started this annual event in 2006, encouraging hundreds of farms across the country to give people the chance to discover real farming first hand, as they see for themselves how their food, and much more, is produced. This really is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to visit Sonning Farm and to find out more about what we do."

Since the event started, over 1,600 farmers have welcomed 2 million people onto their farm one Sunday each year. LEAF is a national charity that aims to help farmers improve the way they farm, and encourage the uptake of Integrated farming.

Attendance is free, but booking is required. To reserve your place visit:

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