Farming Open Day Taking Place At Pelistry

cattle grazing 3The islands’ Farming Initiative is hoping that locals will take a look around Pelistry Farm and learn more about farming at an open day on Sunday July 21st.

Scilly couldn’t take part in the National Open Farm Sunday scheme because staff members were attending the islands’ display at the Royal Cornwall Show, so they’ve arranged the event on an alternative day.

There’ll be a chance to meet farmers on the islands and talk to people involved in land management, like the Wildlife Trust.

There’ll also be tractor and trailer rides, and local produce will be on sale.

Jess Vian says it’s important that farmers’ contribution to islands’ life is understood.

She said they are custodians of the landscape and that can be overlooked, particularly because farms are ‘closed shops’ with big pieces of machinery and animals that tend to scare members of the public away.

But she adds that people are increasingly interested in finding out where their food comes from and recent years have seen a big rise in local production.

Jess says it’s a sign that the Farming Initiative is working well and the open day is a direct result of the ‘farm walks’ that have been taking part, where local producers get together to visit each other’s operations.

The open day is free for anyone to attend and is running from 11am to 3pm. There’ll be tours of the farm at 11am and 2pm.