What we can plant and what we wish to apply to the crop. Discussions up to Nov 2017
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Grahame Hunter started a proposal March 2nd, 2017 18:32
Do we want to be adventurous, with companion cropping? Closed 12:02am - Monday 6 Mar 2017
By a clear majority of voting members, OUrField Weston will cultivate a main and a companion crop.
Starting on 09 March there will now be a proposal for all members to choose one of three combinations, using a multi-choice method of voting.
John has started a conversation in the main thread on the options. Make your voices heard there.
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Vote YES to support a more adventurous and experimental approach but which realistically will most likely result in poorer yields and a crop suitable for animal feed
Vote NO to reject the companion crop, but to then select the most interesting mono-culture crop for a high quality harvest for humans to eat.
|Agree - 14|
|Abstain - 14|
|Disagree - 14|
|Block - 14|
March 3rd, 2017 10:38
As I posted in the main thread - I vote no as I am swaying between spelt or wheat/beans and spelt seems to be the most popular option at the moment, John plans to try a companion crop anyway and my hope that we end up with human quality food.
March 3rd, 2017 13:16
I'm interested in the thinking behind the risk of the crop having to go for animal feed and could change my mind. If we are finding an outlet ourselves rather than selling onto commodity markets, we may be able to overcome downside of lower yields.
March 4th, 2017 09:22
I think we should start this crop with a very strong foundation building on what John and Richard know works and make our changes, innovative input and risk taking once we know we have a crop that has had the best possible start.
March 4th, 2017 16:35
I'm excited for a more experimental approach, and also thinking long term if the project (hopefully) goes beyond 1 year then companion cropping will invest in the soil for future harvests where human food could possibly be grown with very low inputs
March 4th, 2017 16:37
Seems shame to end up with animal feed. Want to see if we can successfully grow something like spelt for human consumption in a manner that others could replicate.
March 4th, 2017 17:10
Time to experiment with the possibility of companion crops. I would like to know more about harvesting two crops at once. How do you separate them? Sifting I suppose?
March 4th, 2017 19:19
I think this project is all about exploration and experimentation for us and John. Having discussed it with Dad we are keen on seeing what a companion crop might bring the collective!
Veronica Lopes da Silva
March 5th, 2017 01:31
#OurField can be a viable and attractive model for a farmer's risk to be shared, that others may follow if 'successful'. I vote to grow spelt for human consumption, to keep an eye on John's experimentation + hopefully experiment more in the future
Matteo De Vos
March 5th, 2017 12:05
Since I'm leaning towards spelt, I think it would be best to avoid (for now) the added uncertainty and risks that companion crops may bring. This helps ensure that OurField becomes a viable model with a high quality product for human consumption.
March 5th, 2017 12:08
I've posted my reasoning on the discussion thread: I am for doing it ecologically and determined we find a human consumption market for our crop
Sebastian & Dan Powell
March 5th, 2017 22:27
The two of us sharing this vote feel this is the opportunity to be experimental in the hope that the rewards of experimentation will outweigh the risks. So less concern for profits but more for potential longer term benefits of trialling new things.
March 5th, 2017 23:29
I've shared my thoughts in the main thread. Wow, what a hard first decision.
Grahame Hunter started a proposal March 16th, 2017 11:22
and the crop will be Wheat and beans as a companion? Closed 12:01am - Monday 20 Mar 2017
This was our second vote, and the number taking part edged up slightly - from 23 to 24 voters.
It must be quite re-assuring for John that there are a further 17 members of Our Group who did not vote, but who are presumably happy whatever we grow.
Of those who minded, and voted, __ a clear majority have elected for Spelt with a companion planting. __
The precise wording of _ the winning proposal is .. _
Spelt with a companion under-story which will not be harvested, but which will be a weed suppressant, soil building companion to the Spelt.
In the next days John will be considering the best options for the field and season to support the main crop , no doubt too with Richard Harding the agronomist. He will post further information about what they choose as the final companion planting mixture.
This is a complicated 4 way proposal _ within a voting system which is forcedly binary, _ so please read these choices very carefully..
Vote _YES _ for __ WHEAT, with beans as a companion crop. __ Both these crops will be harvested, and available to sell.
Vote __ NO __ to reject wheat and beans in favour of __ SPELT with a companion under-story __ which will not be harvested, but will be a weed suppressant, soil building companion to the Spelt.
Vote __ ABSTAIN __ to reject wheat, beans and spelt in favour of __ regular HUSKED OATS with a companion under-story __ which will not be harvested, but will be a weed suppressant, soil building companion to the Oats
Vote __ BLOCK __ to reject wheat, spelt and ordinary oats in favour of __ NAKED OATS with a companion under-story __ which will not be harvested, but will be a weed suppressant, soil building companion the Oats.
_ if this is not clear, __ ask a question on the admin thread, __where the voting mechanism of this set of choices can be discussed. _
_ The merits of the different crops should be discussed on this main thread. _
|Agree - 9|
|Abstain - 9|
|Disagree - 9|
|Block - 9|
March 16th, 2017 14:12
A grain and a pulse, both for human consumption, would have the biggest public impact, if successful. At present, the choice splits the vote between this pov and spelt, but I am not against spelt if a harvestable pulse can be grown as it's companion.