Sense of community--The biggest single advantage was that it created a feeling of community.
--The system encouraged working together & sharing tools as most tasks took place at the same time.
--In some villages, villagers owned a team of oxen and plowed each the strips in sequence.
--Even the poorest villagers had the use of some land for crops or to graze cattle. They could also use the wasteland and the common.
--It was cheaper to buy seeds as a community than individually.
--It was cheaper to own a team of oxen as a village.
It had worked for ages
--The open field system had met the country's needs as far as food was concerned for many generations.
--It provided security and support and a village structure where everyone had a clearly defined place.
--Villagers enjoyed a sense of security.
Limitations of System
--Farmers had to walk miles between their strips.
--Land was wasted on paths.
--Seeds were scattered on paths
--Neighbors could be lazy and ruin your crops.
--The common land was wasted.
--New machinery and ideas could not be used without a group decision.
--The open field system did not allow any flexibility.
--Each villager planted the same crops in the same fields at the same time as everyone else.
--It was impossible to introduce new techniques.
--The open fields were also very inefficient.
--Population growth in the 18th century led to the development of towns, particularly in the north and Midlands.
--Most of these people were unable to grow their own food and so depended on agriculture producing a surplus - which it did not.