The National Trust's MyFarm Experiment Extends to Include Conventional Farm Methods
Released on: December 14, 2011, 6:18 am
The National Trust has announced that a 250 acre conventional
farm is set to become part of the MyFarm* experiment which aims to
reconnect people with where their food comes from.
The farmland will form a key part of MyFarm project
which enables members to make decisions on what happens on the farm.
The arable land at Cambridge Road Farm is next to the 1,200 acre Wimpole Home Farm
which is at the centre of the MyFarm project in Cambridgeshire.
Owned by the Trust, Cambridge Road Farm has always been farmed conventionally by a
tenant, who has now retired.
Its inclusion in the project means that participants will be able to get closer to
both conventional and organic farming methods.
Richard Morris, Farm Manager at Wimpole, said: "This is an exciting development for
the project as we can now explore the differences between organic and conventional
farming methods rather than simply talking about them.
"With only four per cent** of farmland in the UK farmed organically we felt it was
important to demonstrate the different benefits and challenges presented by each
"We'll be asking the MyFarm members to make decisions on the conventionally farmed
land in addition to the 1,200 acres of organic farmland at Wimpole.
"We hope to make the differences and reasoning for both farming methods clearer and
easier to digest. Whatever scenario the MyFarmers are presented with, we will be
relying on them to make sure their decisions lead to both farms being profitable
Paul Hammett, Senior Policy Advisor at the National Farmers Union, said: "The
MyFarm community will now have a fantastic opportunity to run the farms in parallel
and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of both farming methods. It will
be really interesting to see how their views and attitudes change, if at all, over
the coming months."
For more information and to sign up to join the MyFarm experiment visit www.my-farm.org.uk.
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*The MyFarm experiment launched on 4 May 2011. Based at the National Trust's own
working farm, Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire, Farm Manager Richard Morris sets
regular decisions to subscribers who then debate and vote on topics to include
crops, livestock and wider
Majority rules and Richard then carries out the majority decision on the farm.
The MyFarm website include video updates, webcams, live webchats, debates and
comment and opinion from both well known farming experts and National Trust tenant
farmers. Information can also be found on how to obtain a MyFarm subscription as a Christmas gift.
About The National Trust:
The National Trust cares for 300 inspiring historic houses, gardens and winter
gardens across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From former workers' cottages
to the most iconic stately homes, and from mines and mills to theatres and inns, the
stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of everything it does. People
of all ages, individuals, schools and communities get involved each year with its
projects, events and working holidays and over 62,000 volunteers help to bring the
properties alive for the Trust's 4 million members, who enjoy family days out at
locations throughout the country. Find out more at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
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