Get your own plot of online space, with a .farm web address.
It may be almost impossible to get the wifi to work in the middle of a field of oilseed rape, but that hasn’t stopped the country’s farmers getting online.
Way back in 2008, the FarmOn foundation was set up to get the voices of the world’s farmers heard online. This year, #FarmVoices is close to trending on twitter, as farmers tweet to raise awareness of their not so 9 to 5 lifestyles.
‘No better way to start the day’ tweeted Rebecca Schlehlein yesterday morning, as she posted a photo of the sunrise over her farm.
‘No sitting behind a desk brings this sort of satisfaction’ tweeted Cara Grimshaw as she posted a ‘sheepie’ – that’s our new term for pics of sheep with wellies in the foreground.
Today, the web address ending .farm goes on sale, giving farmers another opportunity to make their voices heard.
A .farm website can be used in more ways than a dozen eggs. It can be used to sell produce direct to wholesalers and it can be used as an online diary, telling people when you’ll next be making an appearance at a farmers’ market. Do the latter, and you can tap into the third of households that regularly shop at farmers markets, according to recent YouGov polls.
A .farm website can also be used as a blogging platform. Hundreds of farmers already blog on a regular basis. Bloggers like Fresh Eggs Daily and For the Love of Beef regularly feature at the top of the list of best farm blogs.
The web address ending .farm is now onsale, alongside .codes, on the UK2.net website. They’ll be sold on a first come, first served basis, so get yours while it’s hot.