Boy from Quebec, 9, starts gardening business with pig

He may be only nine, Sebastian Coburn has already found success in his first business venture called ‘Gardening with Beastie’.

“Weeding, weeding, and taking out nasty poison ivy,” said Coburn.

The western Quebec entrepreneur has a little help from his eight-week-old mini-pig named Beastie Boy.

For $20 an hour, nine-year-old Sebastian Coburn and his piggy Beastie Boy help clean and prepare the gardens for planting, much to the delight of his customers. (Jackie Perez/CTV News Ottawa)

“Gardening with Beastie” sprang from a brainstorming session with mom Miranda Dyck, who assigned her four children to come up with a summer business.

“He came up with the design, the logos, came up with the name. He does all the bookings,” says Dyck.

For $20 an hour, Coburn and Beastie Boy help clear out gardens and prepare them for planting, much to the delight of his clients.

“Forget the weeding, I want to play with the pig,” said Cantley, Que. resident Nicole Tishler, who hired Coburn and Beastie Boy to tackle the weeds in her backyard.

The team arrives with their shovels and gloves and after a bit of digging Beastie Boy comes in.

†[He] roots around with his nose, gets some of the bugs, gets some of the roots…and he’s really excellent at clearing dandelions too,” Dyck said.

This company launched a little over a week ago, initially targeting the Gatineau, Que. area, but due to high demand, the company has expanded to Ottawa and the surrounding region.

“I mean, it’s pretty cool to have a piglet in my backyard,” said Hatton Thompson, who lives in Orleans.

“It’s a great learning experience for my kids to watch another kid start a business,” says Thompson’s mom Leigh.

The success of his business required Coburn to recruit his mother, his siblings, and some friends to keep up with the phone calls.

“I can’t believe how successful it has become,” Dyck said. “I thought maybe people should clean up their gardens for the long weekend in May. Now we have bookings until next week.”

That means employees need their rest… even if it ends up being a nap at work.

“He usually faints most of the time,” Coburn said. “But we manage to get the job done.”

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