Meet the student who has used crowdfunding to start his own farm
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A campaign that started out on Hubbub has led student Jack Stilwell into a future leading his own 600 acre farm. And whilst the majority of students might spend their final months at university endlessly rehashing their CVs, squeezing in work experience placements and worrying about whether they’ll get a job afterwards, Jack is now preparing to lead his own herd of 200 Hereford and Angus cattle to market. Jack, who studies at Harper Adams University, was fully aware that crowdfunding for his future farm might not work out – but he wasn’t going to let that put him off. He says: “I started this knowing that it might fail, but you can’t succeed if you don’t try. “It hasn’t been easy – I have had people call me all sorts, accusing me of being a ‘sponger’ and worse, but I expected that. I have been open and transparent throughout– I desperately want to get started in a career I am passionate about.” After raising £300 through his Hubbub page (“Get Jack Farming”) in order to fund his land lease and the buying of his cattle, he was brought to the attention of “an individual from the US” who had read about his project in Country Life magazine – and as a consequence decided to fund the entire £4,000 required from his own pocket.
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