Landscaping, Worker Co-ops & the Day Without Immigrants

Landscaping, Worker Co-ops & the Day Without Immigrants

 As a worker-owned landscaping business, we support our workers’ taking part in today’s Day Without Immigrants. A landscaping business:  Our industry depends on primarily Hispanic immigrants who make up around 40% of the landscaping workforce nationwide (Pew Research). While many U.S.-born workers disregard our work as simple manual labor, for us, landscaping is a craft, not just a job. Perhaps that’s why our clients frequently describe our crews as hard-working, careful, personable and kind. We...
May 1st, 2017: The Day Without Immigrants

May 1st, 2017: The Day Without Immigrants

As an immigrant-owned and led business and as a worker cooperative, we support our workers taking part in the May 1st national Day Without Immigrants.   A Day Without Immigrants: On May 1st (aka “International Workers’ Day”) immigrants and allies from 25 states and 50 cities across the U.S. will stay home from work and refrain from spending any money. The goal is to illuminate the U.S. economy’s dependence on immigrant labor and immigrant consumer…

RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

RESCHEDULED for Jan. 24: Boston City Council Hearing on Cooperatives

After 2 years of planning and organizing, the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives has garnered enough support from our city officials to hold a City Council Hearing on cooperatives. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the role of cooperative businesses and housing in creating a more just, sustainable and democratic Boston economy. The chamber’s lead organizer, Matt Meyer, stated that   “This is a rare opportunity to make a dramatic difference in the cooperative…

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Across the nation and especially in our neck of the woods, people are looking for ways to get involved in their local communities. This Thanksgiving is a great time to share from your abundance with the people around you. Here are a couple ideas for spreading the love beyond our own families:   1. Invite acquaintances, coworkers, and friends to your Thanksgiving dinner. Many people might have the day off, but not everyone has a…

Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Take advantage of the changing colors and the Halloween festivities happening in and around Boston!  Check out these upcoming events:   Halloween events for little ones:  Tomorrow- Wednesday the 26th– free Trick-or-Treat Magic Show for ages 3-9 at the Boston Public Library in Dorchester, 6:30-7:15pm. Also tomorrow: the Monster Mash dance party for families from 4:30-6:30pm in Lynnfield. This Thursday from 10-11am kids can learn some spooky science and create strange slime at the Discovery Museums…

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Had you heard about cooperatives before you got to know A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative? October is the month to spread the word about the benefits of cooperatives and celebrate the co-op movement! This month we’re celebrating National Cooperative Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. Still not quite sure what co-ops are all about? Officially a cooperative is “an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to…

Start Your Christmas Season Right: Small Business Saturday

Start Your Christmas Season Right: Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, November 28, 2015, start your holiday season off right by scheduling installation of Christmas decorations by A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative. We can prepare your home or business for holiday festivities with indoor and outdoor arrangements of evergreens, berries, and branches; roping, wreathes, and kissing balls; holiday landscape lighting; poinsettias; and even Christmas tree delivery. As a thank you for supporting small and locally-owned businesses, if you contact us on Small…

Brookline Blower Update

Update to “Brookline’s Blower Ban: A Contractor Weighs In“ On November 18, 2015, the Brookline Town Meeting declined to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, with broad recognition that the proposed ban would unfairly target contractors, private homeowners, and small institutions. (The ban was amended to exempt Town crews and non-residential properties over 5 acres, most notably the Country Club.) Town Meeting voted 143 in favor, 57 opposed and with 2 abstentions to refer the question of whether…

Natural Playground, Codman Academy, Dorchester, MA

Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, MA occupies a storefront in one of Boston’s low-income neighborhoods, sandwiched between units of affordable apartment housing. Their “playground” was a packed dirt yard abutting a parking lot. The school, which uses trauma-informed design to help at-risk students feel more grounded and safe, looked to the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGDesign) to create a more appropriate play space. Designer David McCoy of Geographia Landscape Design developed a beautiful plan for a…