The Larivière des Horizons farm in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka took first place in the local round of the Défi 48 challenge, which was organized by the socio-financing organization La Ruche. Over two days in early August, the farm, which hopes to offer zootherapy services in the near future, raised $9,800 while gaining visibility for their products and services. The farm finished in second place at the regional finals this past weekend in Drummondville, having raised nearly $7,000. The amount was just $400 shy of the winning team.
Owners Fanny Grenier-Robillard and Martin Larivière took part in the original challenge without holding out much hope and were thrilled by the public’s response. The Larivière family, which runs a conventional farm producing beef, eggs and maple syrup, hopes to be able to one day promote their farm as a social reintegration project for young people.
The Défi48 is an entrepreneurial race that consists of launching and growing a business in 48 hours from a single dollar. To participate, the Larivière family took up residence on the Covey Hill Farm in Havelock earlier this summer where they began offering zootherapy services while fundraising.