Open Field Farming


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Open field farming (also known as strip or three field farming)

This system had survived for hundreds of years, perhaps longer, which is testimony to its success in many ways.

Definition – land around a village was divided into which were barren village so that everyone, no matter how many or how few strips they had, shared the good and some poorer soil. There were or walls. The village was placed centrally from where farmers could access their scattered strips more easily.

There was also , consisting of (where cattle had to be grazed) and (which offered lusher, and earlier, spring grazing, and hay). Wood for burning and building could be taken from the common, as could clay for pots, berries to supplement diet, etc.

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