St Mary’s Farm Celebrating British Produce With Open Day

cattle grazing 4Pelistry Farm will be hosting their second open day next Sunday.

The St Mary’s business is joining hundreds of other farms across the country in a celebration of British farming and food.

The islands’ response to the national event is designed to show both locals and visitors how our food and flowers are grown and produced sustainably.

Farmer Mervyn Bird says that around 250 people went through the gate last year and he was very pleased with the turnout.

He says the open day is a useful way to explain to people who are unfamiliar with farming how the farm works.

Most of the year, Mervyn says a farm is a closed area for the public, so it’s a chance for them to have a look around.

Jess Vian, manager of the IoS Farmers’ and Growers’ Initiative says there’s a lot to celebrate about Scillonian farming and food.

During the free event, which runs from 11am to 3pm, you’ll be able to tour the farm and learn about their herd of beef cattle, see where the flowers are grown and processed, and learn how the land is managed.

There’ll be tractor and trailer rides, a demonstration on hoof trimming as well as stalls selling local produce. There’ll also be prizes for the person who correctly guesses how many bulbs are in a bag.

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