All set for Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend

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With just one week to go until Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, 21 farms across Northern Ireland are getting ready for a weekend filled with fun, food and farming.

Over the 13th & 14th June, 21 real, working farms will open their gates to the public, offering visitors an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ experience of farming and food production.

Now in its fourth year event organisers hope to build upon the record number of visitors to this free, award-winning project which was created by the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

UFU Deputy President Barclay Bell has expressed support for the initiative outlining the importance of developing the public’s understanding of the ‘Farm to Fork’ journey.

Mr Bell said: “The 21 farms taking part in the initiative this year are doing their bit to improve the understanding of our food, the farming families who produce it and the process which brings it to our plates. We have so much to be proud of here and Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is an important part of communicating that to the wider public.”

The project received tremendous support last year with almost 20,000 people visiting the open farms across the province. This year the UFU initiative will be working alongside the Armagh Show which takes place over the same weekend in June in Gosford Forest Park, near Markethill. The Armagh Show will provide a wide array of attractions and activities for visitors from both farming and non-farming backgrounds.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union are aware of the time and effort that goes into preparing farms for Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and are exceptionally grateful to every participating farmer.

The full list of participating farms in Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend 2015 is as follows:

Longfield Farm, Eglinton; Broglasco Farm, Limavady; McIlroy’s Chickens, Coleraine; Buchanan Turkeys, Kilrea; Vowgarve Farm, Ballymoney; Carnany Farm, Ballymoney; Broughgammom Farm, Ballycastle; Glenballyeamon Egg Farm, Cushendal; Glenarm Estate, Glenarm; Ballycoose Farm, Ballygally; Greenmount Hill Farm, Glenwherry, Ballymena; Hillstown Farm, Randalstown; Laurelview Farm, Templepatrick; Ballylagan Organic Farm, Ballyclare; Clandeboye Farm, Bangor; Acton House Farm, Poyntzpass; McClelland’s Farm at Clare Glen, Tandragee; Armagh Apple Farm, Portadown; Egerton Farm, Lisnavoe; Cavanagh Egg Farm, Newtownbutler; Tickety Moo Farm, Irvinestown.

The range of activities on offer at each event will vary by farm, as will opening times, so please visit the website for full details of your nearest free farm event www.openfarmweekend.com.