August 30 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Tractor trailer rides, getting messy with local produce and watching honey bees in action were just some of the highlights from today’s Open Farm event at Felmingham.
Hosted at Lodge Farm by land-owner Tim Papworth, the event attracted about 1,000 people who enjoyed the free event and took advantage of getting a close-up look at businesses that are a driving force of the region’s economy.
Families had the chance to take part in a number of activities, including meeting animals, riding a tractor and trailer, having a hosted farm tour and enjoying the fresh produce from the farm shop.
Mr Papworth described the day as being like the Olympics.
“Everyone has really enjoyed it and it’s been fantastic,” he said. “It’s taken a lot of organisation and it’s come up well.”
Children were also encouraged to learn about the different crops and look at the cattle, sheep and horses. There was also a static vintage and modern farm machinery display for agricultural enthusiasts.
Mr Paperworth added: “We had activities such as mixing maltesers with barely and looking at sugar beet and sugar.
“It showed people the whole of the farming industry from the start, all the way to the shop.
“It just been marvellous but the highlight for me was looking at the bees in action.”
Farms across Norfolk and Suffolk took part in the annual celebration which was organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), a charity promoting sustainable farming, the objectives of which are close to the heart of all the farmers taking part.
A Norwich-based business which started as a “man with a van” operation is eyeing further expansion after seeing its predicted turnover increase from £6,000 to £340,000 within five years.