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10,000 Internet Farmers wanted to run a real farm – This is NOT Farmville

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Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire. Map shows some of the 280 hectares of rolling fields.

The National Trust is asking the public to help run a real-life working farm via the web.

In return for a £30 annual subscription, 10,000 people will take control of the farm on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.

Have your say on big decisions
Because Wimpole is a real farm, the decisions that have to be made are real, and they have real consequences. But, as in life and in any other business, there is no one right answer in farming, and we need some fresh ideas – yours! The first vote will be a big one: what should we grow on the farm?

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May 5, 2011   Comments Off on 10,000 Internet Farmers wanted to run a real farm – This is NOT Farmville

Rooftop urban farming in Denmark

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BYBØNDER. »Vi bliver mere og mere stressede, og vi dør af luftforurening. Jeg fatter simpelthen ikke, hvorfor vi partout skal have et højere tempo ind i byen«, siger den urbane landmand Anders Christoffer Andersen. – Foto: Mathias Christensen.

An urban farming initiative in Nørrebro

By Afton Halloran
Urban Agriculture Denmark
May 5, 2011

Excerpt:

The efforts of the unsung heros of the decentralized urban agriculture movement in Copenhagen are now starting to be recognized outside of their usual circles. For example, on April 29th, 2011 Politiken published a feature article on DYRK, an urban farming initiative in Nørrebro, titled “Urbane landmænd planter grønne chok i København”

Located on the roof of Blågård School DYRK has made a 250 square meter garden. And the group also has a variety of mobile raised beds that associations, institutions, cafes and cultural centers in the area can borrow.

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May 5, 2011   1 Comment