Strong connections between farmers and urban Kiwis are essential for a thriving agri-sector. The work of farmers should be valued and our customers need to understand what it takes to grow food.
We know that most people are disconnected from their food – so let’s do something about it.
That’s why Rural Leaders is a channel partner of Open Farms – a platform to reconnect urban Kiwis with our food, land and farmers via a nationwide open farm day on Sunday February 21, 2021.
We’re supporting Open Farms to find open day hosts, by connecting them with farming leaders like yourself. If you are farming close to urban areas around Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Dunedin and your keen to be an Open Farms host – You can register to host or request a call back on the Open Farms website.
Open Farms is a nationwide initiative to reconnect urban Kiwis with our food, land and farmers.
Few reasons why you should host an Open Farms Day
- In March 2020, 3,500 Kiwis visited 45 farms across New Zealand for the inaugural Open Farms.
- Your Open Farms event can be as small or as large as you like – farmer hosts choose the size, format and focus of their event.
- The Open Farms Host Handbook answers all of your questions, including health & safety, activity ideas and tips for using your event to promote a product or diversification. Leave all the marketing and registrations to Open Farms – you just focus on running an event and sharing your farming story.
- Post event research shows that just getting urban folks on farm, changes the way they think and feel about agriculture, and their own actions in the food system.