Jason and Katharine Salisbury own and run Whitegate Farm, Creeting St. Mary where they have their cheese making business called Suffolk Farmhouse Cheese (http://www.suffolkcheese.co.uk/), they are also LEAF members and hosted their second Open Farm Sunday. Patrick and I were invited by them to help out and talk to the general public about our business and work we do. We had a great morning with them as the general public came through the gate and started to get up and close with farming. Jason and Katharine had organised a full program of activities including farm tours, tractor and trailer rides, name the calf competition, basket weavers, wool spinners, children’s painting and colouring in exercises and of course cheese tasting! We take our hats off to them for organising such a full day and to get over a thousand people on to their farm is great and next year we hope to be helping them again to carry on with their success.
A couple of days later we were at Cereals the premier pure arable industry show and we popped in to see LEAF on there stand. We talked about our experience of helping on the Open Farm Sunday and although the weather was not very inviting they estimate that across the country over 100,000 people visited an open farm which is great news for LEAF and the industry as hopefully those people would have reconnected with where their food actually comes from and see what a good job British farmers do.
Cereals was another full day for us with lots to see and people to meet. Networking, chatting and looking out for new ideas was the aim of the day and we manage just about to get round and see everyone we had hoped. It is an impressive day out full show casing the changing face of this high tech industry.
We got home to discover our new machinary investment had been delivered, this investment was triggered by the dry spring and the deep cracks in the soil from lack of rain. The second hand cultivator will be used at shallow depths in preparing the fields for seed planting next year, we hope that it will reduce fuel usage and man hours in preperation for the autumn drilling. BWB