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Entrepreneur plants seeds in social media

More people turn to donations to get start-ups off the ground

7:54 PM, May 23, 2013
Rebecca Bloomfield has raised more than $12,000 via crowdfunding, making it possible for her to get started on her organic farm in Ontario, Canada.
Rebecca Bloomfield has raised more than $12,000 via crowdfunding, making it possible for her to get started on her organic farm in Ontario, Canada.
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More than anything, Rebecca Bloomfield wants to own her own organic farm. To accomplish this, though, in a social-media age and without much capital, she has to be something else first: a crowdfunding guru.

Just as she taught herself to grow organic food, she's taught herself how to raise money for her farm in Ontario, Canada, via crowdfunding - soliciting donations over social media with a video she hopes will tug on heartstrings and wallets.

Just like other small-business owners who don't want to take out a bank loan - or can't - there are new options for the social-media savvy. Crowdfunding ...

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