Here are some of our recent projects.

Plant America!

Espoma Organic and National Garden Clubs are partnering to help communities. Plant America! 20 Local garden clubs across America will be awarded grants. Winners will earn up to $250 of Espoma Organic Plant Foods and Potting Soils. See the details in this flyer: GC.Grant_Sheet Visit

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Plant Something! Plant Maine

Shaping the Long-Term Market Demand for Maine’s Nursery and Landscape Industry Marketing to Maine Consumers The Independent Garden Centers of Maine (IGCME), a marketing group within the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA), started with a handful of independent garden centers cooperating with one another

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Gowell’s Shop’n Save

Congratulations to Rick and Bobbie Gowell on your one-year anniversary. Your passion and dedication to your community, staff, the independent grocer industry, and business partners are the elements that resulted in undeniable success. Gowell’s Shop’n Save is a key driver for long-term economic development of

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Ayer, Massachusetts, Shop ’n Save Recently Opened, Creates 60 New Jobs

Ayer, Massachusetts, Shop ’n Save recently opened, creating 60 new jobs for the community. The store replaces what used to be Hannaford. The Ayer Shop’n Save is partnering with local farmers and joined the IRSSC last year. Read more about this by going to

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Augusta conference tracks conversion of business to worker-owned cooperative

We have a number of stores now that really want to pursue that model,” said Mark Sprackland, executive director of Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative… “This model’s built for sustainability.” Read more about this by going to:  

Island Employee Cooperative Receives CEI’s Sustaining Community Award

In recognition of its tremendous accomplishments in fostering a sustainable society, the Island Employee Cooperative was presented CEI’s Sustaining Community Award at the organization’s annual meeting on March 10.  At the annual meeting, CEI also recognized key partners in the project: Mark Sprackland of the

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Last year the Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative initiated a worker cooperative buyout alternative as a succession plan for a rural grocery complex in Stonington, Maine. The Cooperative’s leadership and management  are saving jobs, empowering employees as entrepreneurs and providing an important model for the

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