Farm to open its doors as part of UFU weekend

MOORFIELD Farm, a mixed use cereal and sheep farm in Rathfriland, is amongst several farms opening their doors to the public in June.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union announced that it would be taking part in Open Farm Weekend, which will see participating farmers across Northern Ireland inviting the wider community to visit their farms to learn more about the story behind their food.

John Thompson, President of the UFU said, “Open Farm Weekend arrives at an important time for farmers and the farming sector as a whole. There is a degree of separation in the mind of the public about food and where it comes from. The provenance of food has never been more important as consumers become increasingly more aware of food miles and the importance of supporting local. By getting to know the story behind local food, it will encourage respect for both the food itself and for the local farmers who produce it.”

One of the other participating farms is The Waring Estate in Waringstown, a commercial arable farm growing cereal and other crops for animal feed and oil production. They produce hemp and rapeseed oil which are sold as culinary oils but are also used for a range of beauty products such as soaps.

Jane Harnett of The Waring Estate said, “Our family has been farming this land since 1656 so we have a great appreciation of the history and heritage of farming and how it relates to modern agriculture. That’s something the average person just isn’t aware of so we can’t wait for Open Farm Weekend to help educate the wider public on the link between farm and fork.”

Participating farmers are hard at work preparing for the event and planning a fun-filled weekend of guided farm walks, sheep-shearing demonstrations, food sampling and petting zoos with each farm creating a completely unique event.

For information on other participating farms across Northern Ireland visit the website on www.openfarmweekend.com or contact the organisers on Facebook or Twitter.