NEWS & EVENTS

Events

Green Industry Career Fair
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA
February 7, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm
Looking for a career in Environmental Horticulture? Come talk to us at the Green Industry Career Fair sponsored by the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association.

Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives
Boston City Hall – Boston, MA
TBD
Boston City Councilors and members of the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives meet to consider how cooperatively-owned businesses and housing can contribute to a more just, sustainable, and democratic Boston economy.

Recent Events

Meet & Greet @ New England Grows
Birch Bar, Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA
November 30, 2016, 4-6 pm
Interested in building a career in the green industry? Join our staff for appetizers after the show, and learn more about opportunities for prospective crew leaders and crew members.

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Conference
University of Texas, Austin – Austin, TX
July 29-31, 2016
Network with A Yard & A Half Worker-Owners, and join in our workshop on Cultivating a Culture of Leadership in Immigrant-Owned Cooperatives.

“The Silver Tsunami – Aging Business Owners – What Are the Options?”
Massachusetts Economic Development Council Spring Conference
Shaws Center – Brockton, MA
March 18, 2016, 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Carolyn Edsell-Vetter of A Yard & A Half and Siobhan Mullin of South Mountain Company share their experiences with worker cooperative conversion as a succession strategy to keep jobs and profits local as baby boomers retire.

Inner City Capital Connections
Stern School of Management, NYU – New York, NY
November 12-13, 2015
Business leaders from small businesses across the US participate in this intensive executive education program, designed to accelerate job growth in inner cities and minority communities.

Voting Hands | A Yard & A Half Landscaping
USFWC Conference | A Yard & A Half Landscaping
ICCC - Boston 2015 | A Yard & A Half Landscaping

News

Articles & Case Studies

As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-Ops to Save Jobs.” Kelli Tianga, Yes! Magazine June 2016 (originally published as “The Next Boom for Worker Co-ops?” in Shelterforce, June 2016).

Labor Pains: Four Creative Strategies to Conquer Employee Challenges.” Patrick White, Turf Magazine March 2016.

“Making the case with the Client: Why go ecological?” Carolyn Edsell-Vetter, Ecological Landscape Alliance Newsletter, December 2015.

Successful Cooperative Ownership Transitions: Case Studies on the Conversion of Privately Held Businesses to Worker Cooperatives, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and Democracy at Work Institute, 2015.

“Featured Coops: A Yard & A Half and Restoring Roots” FutureBoston.com, April 2014.

“Hope in Bloom: Healing gardens comfort and uplift cancer patients,” American Profile, August 2013.

“Like a million bucks: How to take your lawn care operation beyond the six-figure level,” Daniel Gordon, CPA, Lawn & Landscape Magazine, April 2013.

“Show me the money: How four companies profit from open-book management,” Donna Fenn, CBSNews.com, September 2010.

Small Business Spotlight, Monster.com, 2010.

Inc Magazine Top Workplaces Profile, July 2010.

“Pathway to Healing,” Carol Stocker, Design New England, July/August 2009.

Citations & Featured Project Images
Enhancing Resiliency in Boston, A Better City, February 2015.

“Garden Variety: With some care, a bramble of a backyard is turned into an all-season oasis with global influences,” Regina Cole, Design New England, January/February 2014.

“15 Design Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths,” DIYnetwork.com, March 2013.

Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love, Julie Moir Messervy, Taunton Press, 2009.

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