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Rachael Casper

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to run your own farm but never felt like getting your fashionable wellies dirty, you can now thanks to the National Trust’s MyFarm experiment. From a working farm in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, 10,000 people will be taking control of a 1200 acre. Throughout the year, subscribers will be asked to vote on farming decisions, including what crops to grow, what animals to buy and rear, and new enterprises. The winning choices will then be put into action by farm manager Richard Morris.

To help people decide on issues, there will be online discussions including live web chats from farming experts and National Trust tenant farmers. The project aims to show people more of the realities of farming and how easily a good year can become unprofitable. It also hopes to provide more information about where our food actually comes from and the wider impacts of the farm on our environment and wildlife. The first vote will go live on Thursday, 26 May 2011.To take part in the experiment you need to pay an annual subscription fee of £30 to help cover the experiment’s costs.