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YardSprout to Plant New Pollinator Garden for Town of Carrboro

YardSprout is excited to announce that we will soon be planting a community pollinator garden in partnership with the town of Carrboro! Town officials have graciously worked with YardSprout and The North Carolina Department of Transportation to pioneer a new “Adopt-a-Planting-Bed” pilot program, modeled on the nationwide Adopt-a-Highway program. YardSprout is excited to be a pilot of what could evolve into a replicable model available to other organizations, both private and public,...

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YardSprout seeks Marketing Director

YardSprout is a Chapel Hill / Carrboro based social venture matching people with expert gardeners and green landscapers to grow food and sustain their land.  In addition to helping people pursue a wide variety of outdoor gardening and landscaping projects, our technology platform will help expand the amount of food grown within the urban environment, in residential, school, business and other yards. About YardSprout We are building software for residential consumers and corporate landholders...

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YardSprout Demos Gardening at Briar Creek Earth Day

Briar Chapel held its annual Earth Day celebration this year on April 21. The day began with a 5K and then moved into a full afternoon of activities as families brought their children and pets to listen to live music, eat at food trucks, and learn more about being “green.” Proceeds from the race went to The Abundance Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local food and renewable energy. Tammi Schwerin, of The Abundance Foundation, has been involved with the event for many years and...

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YardSprout Co-Sponsors Triangle Startup Weekend 2012

What a great weekend.  We watched 20 teams pitch their start-up ideas at Triangle Startup Weekend 2012, hosted at NC State University this weekend.  From over 60 one-minute pitches on Friday, participants voted with their feet and formed 20 teams, and spent nearly 40 straight hours developing their concepts and preparing for a 5 minute pitch and demo today. The winner: Truxie, a mobile app to help food trucks and their customers process payments and place orders online, in line. Being born...

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How to Win at Startup Weekend

With Triangle Startup Weekend kicking off tonight, the YardSprout team reflects on our victory in 2011.  YardSprout is a co-sponsor of TSW 2012, and is  providing “Hacker Snacks” to help sustain hundreds of entrepreneurs as they embark on a nonstop weekend.  Dive in, and enjoy mounds of freshly picked, local organic strawberries, locally baked bread, cheese, salad, and more.  Usually, I cringe at seeing “how to win” articles.  Winning is as much about “right...

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YardSprout Wins 2nd at Wake Forest Elevator Competition!

On March 24th, YardSprout team members Andrew Pearson, Kim Herold, and Caroline McKay attended the 13th annual Wake Forest University Elevator Competition. Twenty-four teams of entrepreneurs competed by pitching their business ideas in 2 minutes while riding up and down with judges, camera operators, and onlookers in – you guessed it – an elevator! It took a lot of preparation to be able to communicate YardSprout’s message succinctly in under two minutes. When we found...

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Register for the Piedmont Fruit School, March 17-18, Durham NC

Great stuff to get your mind and body moving this Spring–a weekend intensive Fruit School with Bill Whipple this March, growing veggies with nature, medicinal herbs, and more! March 17th-18th–Piedmont Fruit School with Barkslip, BB, SEEDS, and friends Imagine, propagating your plant material for little or no expense, transforming fully grown barren ornamentals into fruit producing mega-giants, and gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in orchard care at a price you can...

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Offering Spring Fellowships and Summer Internships at Duke SBSI Conference

YardSprout is excited to attend today’s Sustainable Business and Social Impact conference at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where much of the focus is on innovative social business models. We’re looking forward to hearing Jill Dumain, the Director of Environmental Strategy at Patagonia, speak, and will check out this morning’s workshop “How new financial vehicles are disrupting the landscape of social entrepreneurship“, of particular relevance to the...

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Short Survey for Landscapers, Gardeners, and Other Outdoor Professionals

YardSprout launched our first national survey for landscapers, gardeners, and other outdoor professionals.  This short, 1 page, 10 question survey is a great way for our team to gauge the needs and interests of folks working our urban land.  The survey is designed for anyone who owns or works with a business, or generates some portion of their personal income, providing these services. Take the Survey Here!  (Link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22D7ZR4BBL3 ) The survey offers a number...

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Working on our Prototype Website

The YardSprout team is busy working on our prototype website, which we aim to launch this month.  While we are contiguring our server and making other changes to our site, you may find our domain name inaccessible at certain times.  Please forgive our downtime; follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter so we can let you know when our new site is live! Best, The YardSprout Team

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