Worker Cooperative National Conference
Los Angeles, CA
September 14-16, 2018
Our worker owners will take part in this 3 day conference filled with networking, education, and skill-building for worker-owners and allied leaders who work to improve the lives of workers and their families.
New Economy Summit
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
January 26, 2018, 8:30am-6pm
Our coop president shared his experience with worker ownership at this convention of social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.
Northeast Organic Gardening Conference
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
January 13, 2018, 7:30am-7:30pm
One of the largest annual conferences on organic growing in the Northeast, the 2017 NOFA/ Mass Winter brings together farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers to explore the regenerative aspects of organic land management.
Gestión Participativo/ Participatory Management
Democracy at Work Institute
December 14, 2017, 5-7pm
We presented at this Spanish-language webinar on participatory management for cooperative worker-owners and developers.
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
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.
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.
Articles & Case Studies
“Workers to Owners.” Dawn Carpenter, More Than Money podcast, Georgetown University, March 2017.
“Of the community, by the community, for the community.” Ivy Lee, DigBoston, January 2017.
“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
Workers to Owners 2017 Annual Impact Report, Democracy At Work Institute, November 2017.
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.