Farmer John Warne and his family welcomed 150 people to Quarry Farm near East Allington last Sunday as part of the Open Farm Sunday campaign, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The sunny weather was ideal for visitors to enjoy the walk and farmyard activities.
Members of Kingsbridge Young Farmers Club were fortunately on hand to park the cars. On arrival guests watched sheep shearing in the barn by Arthur Palmer a farmer from South Milton. John then escorted them on a 45 minute farm walk to look at crops, see the sheep and the cows whilst taking in the beautiful views.
There was loads to do in the farmyard including a carding, spinning, knitting demo which children could join in with, together with a display of growing crops to help people to tell the difference between their barley and wild oats.
Best of all the afternoon was rounded off with a traditional Devon cream tea with the cream on first of course! Farmer John Warne said “It was a brilliant afternoon, everyone was so enthusiastic to find out more about the way their food is produced and there were lots of happy faces, which made all the extra work worthwhile.”
The South Devon AONB team helped to promote the event and organised a craft activity to make sheep badges with real wool. There were various games and quizzes including a name the lamb competition for a two week old lamb.