Quebec boy, 9, launches gardening business with pet pig

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

“Weed, pull weeds and get rid of pesky poison ivy,” Coburn said.

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

For $20 an hour, nine-year-old Sebastian Coburn and his pet pig, Beastie Boy, will help clear out garden spaces, preparing them for planting, to the delight of his customers. (Jackie Perez/CTV News Ottawa)

‘Gardening with Beastie’ grew out of a brainstorming session with mom, Miranda Dyck, who tasked her four children with coming up with a summer business.

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

For $20 an hour, Coburn and Beastie Boy help clear out garden spaces, preparing them for planting, to the delight of their customers.

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

The team comes with their shovels and gloves and after some digging that’s when Beastie Boy walks in.

“[He] sniffs around, catches some bugs, catches some roots…and it’s also really great for cleaning dandelions,” Dyck said.

This business launched just over a week ago, initially focusing on Gatineau, Que. but, due to popular demand, the business has expanded to Ottawa and the surrounding region.

“I mean, it’s great to have a little pig in my backyard,” said Hatton Thompson, who lives in Orleans.

“It’s a great learning experience for my kids to see another kid start a business,” said Thompson’s mother, Leigh.

The success of his business required Coburn to hire his mother, siblings, and a few friends to keep up with the calls.

“I can’t believe how successful it has been,” Dyck said. “I thought people might need to clean their gardens for the long weekend in May. Now we have reservations until next week.”

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

“He’s usually passed out most of the time,” Coburn said. “But we managed to get the job done.”

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