What is a field lab? Field labs are practical, hands-on trials that are open to everyone. Working with a group of likeminded farmers and a top researcher, you can get fast and thorough insight in to the challenges facing your business. How does it work? 1. A group of farmers or growers come together around an idea. Sometimes they’re an existing discussion or buying group, other times we’ll help bring people together who care about the same topic. 2. We’ll help you organise a ‘kick-off’ meeting. This can be on farm or in the pub, the important bit is getting together to discuss what you’d like to trial. 3. You will be matched with a researcher. We’re working with the UK’s leading agricultural research institutions and can match you with a specialist who will be right for your group. 4. The researcher will work with you to plan your trial and you’ll decide together what data to record. As the trial develops you’ll meet up, see how things are progressing and adapt if it’s necessary.

5. At the end of the trial, the researcher will help you analyse your findings. They’ll be published online and in the press. You can then use them to inform your business decisions or to plan another field lab. What does it cost? You can join the network for free. This gives you access to field lab reports and the online portal. When you want to join a group and start trialling, there may be a charge. Some field labs are funded by a sponsor, others will split the cost between group members. We Coordinate: We can provide a coordinator from our team. They would do the leg work, including organising meetings, facilitating them and reporting. You Coordinate: If you’d rather coordinate the group yourself, then you still benefit from the admin support to lighten the load. Sponsored: Thanks to the support of sponsors like AHDB, BBSRC and Riverford we have opportunities to start a group for free. Just get in touch to see if your idea qualifies. Most groups meet a handful of times each year but there’s no obligation to attend every meeting. You can either trial on your own farm, or watch and learn from what others are doing. So you decide how much time to invest.

Nice that you have your father’s as well as your own autograph book. I believe that mine was a gift from my parents. We did not get them from school. I am glad that I kept mine. Brings back memories and smiles. We got them when we graduated from grammar school. A few years ago I came across my father’s when he graduated from junior high. There were some things that were different but most were very close to what was written in mine. Thanks for the memories. So nice that you still have your old autograph books from the 50s and 60s. I am sure that yours bring you pleasure as do mine just remembering those “good old days” from the past. Thanks for your comment. I had mine in the 50s and 60s, and it is still among my many possessions.. You have a lovely blog! I agree that the yearbooks for high school were expensive even back in my day.

I do have mine and admit to looking through them very seldom these days. Autograph books in comparison are a really good deal! That is a good idea you had of including photos of one’s special friends. Autographs or little sayings could be written on the back and put into those sleeved photo albums where one could flip the page and read what is on the back of each photo. I love the retro autograph books. I think these are more affordable than yearbooks of today, which were way too expensive even back when I was in high school. I would say with digital cameras kids could take pictures of their friends, and then just have them write meaningful messages in an autograph book. The yearbooks rarely were worth the money. I know what you mean about not remembering reading each and every hub of writers we like. If in doubt I usually scan to the bottom to see if I have already left a comment.

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