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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 Business Saturday for your holiday decorating, we will include a free 20″ mixed evergreen wreath with your installation.

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Why Support Us on Small Business Saturday and Every Day?

A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative is a 28-person, 100% worker-owned business. When you spend money with us, it stays in the Boston-area economy, as we pay workers from East Boston and Lynn, a floral shop in South Boston, a Sudbury nursery, a hardware store in Waltham. On average, coops source three times as many of their products locally than conventional corporations, and we’re no exception.

Profits stay local, too, supporting our pro bono work with local charities, creating more jobs, and making better lives for our families and neighborhoods. And because we live and work here just like you, we make sure that we’re making the best business decisions to benefit the local community, from avoiding synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to recycling all of our plant pots and organic waste.

If this sounds like an approach you want to support, contact us via our webform or call 781-788-8855.

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In the process of funding our worker-cooperative, we found ourselves making the case again and again for the economic and social value of coops. This little infographic shares a little of what we learned about the cooperative difference:

Infographic on economic and social impact of cooperatives

Data from:

http://teamworks.coop/pdf/taking_root_june2012.pdf 

 

http://www.cooperativefund.org/sites/default/files/CFNE%20and%20the%20Cooperative%20Response%20to%20Economic%20Crisis.pdf

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-cooperatives-are-driving-the-new-economy/just-the-facts-what-s-so-good-about-co-ops

http://www.esopinfo.org/infographics/economic-power-of-employee-ownership.php 

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/are-baby-boomers-ready-to-exit-their-businesses

http://community-wealth.org/strategies/panel/coops/index.html

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Small Business Saturday

When you shop locally, 50% more of your money remains in the local economy, creating jobs and increasing wages for your neighbors. Skip the big box stores and national chains on Cyber Monday, and instead go local today for Small Business Saturday.

Here are links to Boston-area cities with LocalFirst initiatives:

 

Ironically, a large credit card processor has partnered with the Small Business Administration to promote “Shop Small,” even though processing fees an be a real challenge for small businesses trying to keep prices competitive while paying a living wage and providing good benefits to workers. Rather than going for the “Get 10% off when you use your AmEx card” deals, pay cash and participate in the local and independent “Shift Your Shopping for Good” initiative: shop participating local businesses and designate the charity of your choice to receive a percentage of your purchase!

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donuts and apple cider from Atkins Market

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Far from the consumerism-fest of “Black Friday” or “Cyber-Monday”, Small Business Saturday is a chance to wander your neighborhood Main Street for the finds that come from a local owner who knows her customers and cares about providing the very best. As a small, locally-owned business, we encourage you to buy independent, and to take the time to learn about local service providers for your upcoming projects.

Small Business Saturday for gardeners:

  • Buy bulbs, annuals, and fall clean-up supplies at your locally-owned nursery or garden center.
  • Host a leaf-raking party. Say thanks to your helpers with some craft-brewed beer and goodies from your local grocer.
  • Pick up apples, root veggies, and squash from a farm stand or farmers market like Wilson Farm in Lexington.
  • Enjoy cider donuts from a family bakery like the one at Volante Farms in Needham.
  • Build a raised bed or cold frame to grow your own veggies. Buy materials from an independently-owned hardware store like Green’s Hardware in Wellesley.
  • Get a jump on holiday shopping by buying garden tools and decorations from a craft co-op or local specialty store like Derby Farm Flowers & Gifts in Arlington (owned by landscape designer Barbara Popolow).

Let us know in the comments what local businesses you will be supporting on Small Business Saturday.

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