The offer – subscribe for £30 and you can help to run a real-life farm for a whole year, via an amazing new project run by The National Trust : MyFarm.
The farm in question is in the Trust’s Wimpole Estate – and there are three main areas that the 10,000 virtual farmers will help to run: the open access parkland, the farmland, and the farmyard.
In return for your payment, you get a monthly vote where you can help decide on matters concerning the big decisions the farm faces. At the end of a period of conversion to organic farming, the farm hasn’t grown anything for a couple of years and the first vote to be cast by farmers will be on what the farm should grow.
You will also get a voucher for one free family visit to the Farm Estate throughout the year and if you choose to join The National Trust membership scheme, you’ll get your first 3 months’ membership free, and year round access.
The reconnection of everyday people and the land and food it produces is part of the reason behind the project, but I’m sure that the 10,000 Farmers (subscribers) will not be as disconnected from the land and food issues as perhaps some other areas of the populace are.
I’m really intrigued and at the time of writing I’m considering joining as part of our home education projects.
One thing that doesn’t seem quite in place yet is a genuine community space for the Farmers and this seems to be somewhat of an oversight by the organisers. What seems like a really innovative online social project might just suffer from it’s limited exchange flow of information.
The farm’s objective is to be profitable – will majority vote casting throughout help it be so? I guess we’ll have to continue to watch with interest. I’m particularly interested in whether its organic status will be used as an argument if it does turn a loss.
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