You, me and the gatepost

Share a coffee with another farmer somewhere in the world…

We love chatting with fieldmargin users around the world and finding out about your farms. It’s amazing how whether you’re speaking to a cereal grower in Cheshire, UK or a sheep farmer in the Eastern Cape of South Africa so many of the challenges are the same. That’s why we thought it would be great to have a way for you to meet each other and share ideas.

Just let us know when you can spare 15 minutes to take a break and have a chat and we will pair you up with another farmer at that time.

This is a new project that we are testing at the moment so for now the number of participants will be limited. We’d love to know what you think and to hear ideas for how it could be improved.

How it works

1. Let us know when you’re free for a chat

Choose a few slots if you can to give us the best chance of a match and tell us a little about yourself as an intro. The slots are 15 minutes to make it as easy as possible to fit them in your busy day but if you want to stay on the call longer you won’t be cut off.

2. We will match you with a farmer and set up a call

We send you a meeting invite for a video call. Just let us know if you can make it. We will be using Google Meet for the calls, you don’t need to install anything but you will need a Google account. If your internet is poor you can join with voice only

3. Have a chat

Share ideas, learn about different ways of farming, chat about the rugby! Your call is completely private, we’re just there to help make it happen.

Do I need any specific tech?

  • You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access.
  • You will need a Google account – if you use Gmail, have an @gmail/@googlemail email address or use an Android phone
  • You don’t have to download any special software – the call will work from your browser.
  • If you can have video that’s ideal but if your internet is slow just voice is great!

Who will I meet?

Fieldmargin is used by thousands of farmers in 170 countries producing things as diverse as cereal crops, meat, fruit and veg, wine and timber. Itโ€™s not just farmers – itโ€™s also used by consultants, agronomists and contractors.

To get you inspired, here are some of the farms we have featured in our case studies. 

๐ŸŒปA daffodil grower in the Scilly Isles

๐Ÿฆ“ A nature reserve in South Africa

๐ŸคA smallholder farming project in Zambia

๐ŸฆŒ A charity saving baby deer in Germany

๐Ÿ A pineapple plantation in Panama

But what will we talk about?

Whatever you want! The call is completely private. We are just facilitating! Some ideas for you are:

What you’re doing on the farm – what are you planting, harvesting or what’s happening with your livestock?

What do you do when you’re not farming?

Any challenges you want a fresh take on – talking things through with someone new might shed some light!

Exciting new projects – now is the time to show off what you’ve been working on in the workshop

The weather! Always a failsafe