2018/9 crop updates
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Wed 16 Oct 2019
I am really excited to be part of this experiment as one of the potential no-till organic food production systems based on in field diversity! It could all go wrong but I think there is some merit in this group trialing it! Plus we can still do intercrop and grazing experiments along the way within the field :)
Poll Created Wed 16 Oct 2019
We support John Cherry's proposal to move OurField onto a continuous cereal regime. Closed Sat 19 Oct 2019
The recent proposal was accepted by 100% of those voting.This has never happened in OurField before, so it is now a very bright green light for John Cherry to move to a no-till organic system, with a low fertility, low yield but continuous cereal experiment.
The idea is to move to a no-till organic system, with a low fertility, low yield but continuous cereal experiment. In the first year, John would plant mostly heritage wheat and some Rye in collaboration with John Letts who will assist with the marketing of the product.
A "No" vote indicates a desire to continue making decisions on crop and methods and marketing. A "Yes" vote partly removes that opportunity for involvement because method and crop are pre-determined, whilst giving members a participation in an experimental method of grain production which he believes has economic and environmental merit.
The time scale of the vote is very short because John wishes to acquire the grain and plan a drilling regime within days.
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
|Undecided||0%||35||DU TS SG S&D HB AL NG EM SD W JB M KD|
23 of 58 people have voted (39%)
Wed 24 Apr 2019
A strategy, a system approach to food production that is also keyed into trusted networks is vital to successful sustainable farming.
But, with OurField there’s also a need for understanding of farming among members & of members’ likes and dislikes. And there is tension between all of these factors.
Can we also discuss the future & what we feel is possible, what the strengths & weaknesses of any approach and any integrated system, and what is doable at Weston & what we want to have done there?
Tue 23 Apr 2019
My only concern is that John won't want to be as experimental if he is making the decisions because suddenly there is more pressure on him. When we make whacky decisions and we get very little crop it's ok...but will John feel the same freedom when deciding himself? or are we saying here John please help us get a good crop at the end?
So I agree, with the caveat that I have NO expectations of any crop at the end of this and no pressure on John...
Poll Created Sat 20 Apr 2019
To allow John to make farming decisions without votes Closed Wed 24 Apr 2019
The purpose of this vote now is whether to permit or not permit that until the 2019 harvest John could use sprays and other methods to control weeds and /or boost soil fertility without having a vote on each occasion.
The presumption is that John Cherry could then take an on-the-spot view with advisement from members and our Agronomist Richard Harding and his new farm manager who has come from an organic farming background.
This vote would be a temporary remedy while the OurField cooperative thrashes out a longer term strategy for the field to describe annual policies or agreement on certain systems to be in place.
I do not see a "yes" vote as necessarily precluding experiments such as the Einbock harrow, merely that the actions John takes in the field could precede or be in parallel with giving the information to the OurField members.
There is plenty written elsewhere in this topic to give members the background and an understanding of different farming approaches which presently confront OurField. Before voting I would encourage members to browse in the history.
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
|Undecided||0%||40||DU LB TS SG S&D HB AL NG EM SD W M KD|
18 of 58 people have voted (31%)