Jason Schofield approached Energy Crops Consultancy in 2020 with a plan to set up a business allowing other farmers to share in the benefits that ECC brought to Jason’s 100 acres of willow on his 500-acre farm in Yorkshire.
Although Jason is a relative newcomer to the farming world, his business skills, gained through running multiple, highly successful companies over many years, have proved invaluable in his management of Old Oakwood Farm. Following the 2008 banking crisis, he was able to sell a highly successful archive storage business to a US investment agency in 2015 which in turn allowed him to purchase the farm and follow his boyhood dream of becoming a farmer. Old Oakwood Farm already had 12 acres of Willow planted – Jason took Neil’s advice and planted more, bringing his current energy crop total to 100 acres.
It was now obvious to Jason that ECC knew their stuff when it came to energy crops, and he realised that combining his skills in business growth and management with energy crop knowledge could bring this exciting way of farming to more growers across the UK.
It’s a no brainer. Spending a small amount of money to nearly double the potential yield of your crops – who’s not going to want to do that?