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The Alfred & Antonette Cournoyer Fund

Honoring the memory of two remarkable souls, Alfred and Antonette Cournoyer, The Alfred and Antonette Cournoyer Fund for Agricultural Studies stands as a testament to their unwavering love for the land and their lifelong commitment to its prosperity. Their journey began as newlyweds in the 1940s, cultivating a small patch of 12 acres with just a single horse, and through perseverance and dedication, they blossomed into the visionaries of modern agriculture.


Alfred and Antonette's story unfolded with humble beginnings, raising chickens and cultivating strawberries and vegetables. Over the years, their hard work and passion led to the creation of a homesite store where the people of a quaint Massachusetts town could savor the bounties of their labor. They nurtured their two children, Lawrence and Blanche Marie, instilling in them the same values of diligence and love for the land.


Today, the Cournoyer Farm thrives in its third generation, a testament to the enduring spirit of the Cournoyer family. The farm has expanded to several hundred acres under the guidance of Alfred, a U-Mass graduate, and his family. It boasts state-of-the-art features like engineered water-management systems, numerous greenhouses, modern equipment, and a diverse range of vegetable and flower crops. Amidst the fields, a harmonious wildlife habitat flourishes.


The Cournoyer Fund envisions a future where agriculture flourishes sustainably, feeding the world through abundance. We believe that the future lies in nurturing bright minds, inspiring them to explore the multifaceted dimensions of modern agriculture. We encourage students at Cristo Rey Research High School to embark on a journey of discovery, understanding, and innovation within the agricultural industry.



You can be part of this transformative journey by supporting The Alfred and Antonette Cournoyer Fund for Agricultural Studies. Your generous donations will empower young minds at CRRT to explore the endless possibilities of modern agriculture and choose careers that will sustainably nourish our planet. Together, we can create more success stories like that of the Cournoyer Farm.


As a founding member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Paxton, Alfred, and Antonette's legacy extends far beyond the farm. Their values of hard work, community, and devotion to the land continue to inspire generations. Your contribution to the Cournoyer Fund will make a lasting impact on the future of agriculture and the world.


Let's honor the memory of Alfred and Antonette Cournoyer by sowing the seeds of knowledge and sustainability. Together, we can cultivate a brighter future for agriculture and nourish a world in need. Join us in this remarkable journey – your support matters.


Donate today and be a part of something extraordinary. Together, we will grow a sustainable future for agriculture and create a legacy that feeds the world.