On Sunday 18th July, Caplor Farm opened its gates to the local community, for a family fun day including a tour of the farm’s many renewable technologies. The event was run jointly with the Fownhope Carbon Rationing Action Group (CRAG): its members were present and circulating information about themselves and their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Open Day was Caplor’s contribution to the national celebration of local food. It was one of many events happening around the country: these included coffee mornings, picnics, cake sales and other open days.

Despite the occasional threat of rain, over eighty members of the local community attended. Once they arrived, locals enjoyed a picnic and barbecue, pony rides, a sculptural art exhibition, a visit from Bonanza the bull (Supreme Hereford Champion at the Bath&West Show), a quiz and ice cream van. To the delight of many younger visitors, after parking, James drove the attendees up to the field on a potato truck.

The tour of the farm included Caplor’s windmill, newly returned from an overhaul, a solar hot water heater, a solar PV panel system, and a talk on the advantages of grass-based farming.

The Open Day was a fantastic success, and an exciting contribution to the national event. Caplor will be holding another energy-themed Open Day on October 10th.

It was great to see all the ‘sustainability’ things you’re all doing, the Caplor Team were fantastic…a perfect example of a ‘Transition Farmer…you and others like you are the pioneers!  Susana Piohtee, Transition Hereford

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