Farmville Becomes Real In United Kingdom

For those in the United Kingdom (UK) who’ve gotten addicted to playing Farmville on Facebook, there’s a virtual alternative with a real world counterpart: MyFarm.

MyFarm aims to help ordinary citizens reconnect with farming and learn more about how their food is produced by literally allowing them to vote on major decisions at the Wimpole Farm in Cambridgeshire, in conjunction with the farm’s manager, Richard Morris. Decisions include, but are not limited to, what crops to sow, what animals to buy and rear, and the wider impacts of the farm on the natural environment.

image via National Trust

In this way, The National Trust–the conservation agency that owns the Wimpole Farm, and cultivates more than 80% of the 250,000 hectares of land under its care in some way–seeks to work with 10,000 “virtual farmers,” running the gamut from other gardeners to parents seeking to education their children about where their food comes from.

“Farmerships” cost  £30.00 and come with a free family ticket to visit the Wimpole Farm(valued at  £38.70) as well as your very own “Farmer” handle in voting and discussion forums at MyFarm. More information is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.