The Horticultural Development Company (HDC) has lent its support to Open Farm Sunday on 9 June. The event has traditionally drawn support from a number of growers.
Managed by envrionmental promotion and certification charity LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Open Farm Sunday has attracted nearly a million visitors to farms since it began in 2006.
The HDC is part of levy body umbrella the AHDB, which has a policy of aiming to raise children's awareness of food and where it comes from.
HDC head of communications Ruth Ashfield said: "By supporting Open Farm Sunday, HDC will be able to shed more light on the breadth of the work undertaken by the UK's growers and provide a real insight into farming for visitors."
Among the fruit and vegetable producers confirmed as taking part this year are:
- The Co-operative's Rosemount soft fruit farm in Perthshire, its Tillington apple orchards in Herefordshire and its field veg-growing Coldham Estate in Cambridgeshire
- Scotherbs and the James Hutton Institute near Dundee
- VistaVeg, Cumbria
- Glebelands City Growers, Greater Manchester
- Wilkin and Sons fruit farm, Essex
- Valley Produce, Berkshire
- Northdown Orchard and New Forest Fruit, Hampshire
- Barfoots of Botley, West Sussex
- Biddenden Vineyards, Kent
- Essentially Hops, Kent
- Wight Salads, Isle of Wight
- Twinways Orchard, Dorset
Applications from farms interested in participating are still being accepted - see www.farmsunday.org.
Open Farm Sunday manager Annabel Shackleton said: "Many people, even those who live in rural areas, are not connected with food and farming. OFS events do not need to be huge - a simple guided farm walk for neighbours can have a huge impact."
LEAF is also organising a series of free infromation events for participating farmers later this month.