Food & Drink

MyFarm

A unique online experiment in farming and food production, initiated by the National Trust.

Ever fancied trying your hand at farming, but don’t have any land? MyFarm is a unique online experiment in farming and food production, initiated by the National Trust. Anyone can sign up with MyFarm and join in with the debate and decision-making on Wimpole Estate Farm, near Royston, Cambridgeshire.



Obviously, the idea is to run a profitable farm, but it is also to reconnect the public with food production; the more we engage with where our food comes from, the more we will care about how it is produced. As the population grows, and environmental concerns increase, the importance of food production becomes magnified both globally and nationally.

SUBSCRIBING TO MYFARM

A subscription of £30 will make you a MyFarm farmer until 30 April 2012. This does not give you any ownership of the farm, but it does gives you the power to vote on such issues as what livestock to breed, what crops to sow, the buying of machinery and facilities. Wimpole has just spent the last two years becoming an organic farm (yes, it takes that long), so no evil pesticides or nasty fertilisers are used on the land. The farm is entirely funded by the subscriptions, and unless at least 6,500 people subscribe to the project, the farm may not be able to continue.

LEARN ABOUT FARMING

This is a terrific way to learn about the world of farming, featuring farming news and blog posts to keep you up to date with the issues that the agricultural world has to face on a daily basis. With videos to watch and discussion forums, it is very much an interactive site and extremely interesting, whether you wish to subscribe or not. MyFarm is a young project, so the future of the farm is still very much a blank canvas. Join early and paint in the best bits!