Edited by Pramodita Sharma and Sanjay Sharma
Chapter 7: Social capital as a pathway to sustainability at State Garden
Established in 1937 as a celery re-packager in Boston, today State Garden Inc. is a leading supplier of organic prewashed salad greens to grocery stores in Eastern USA. Financial prudence and patient reinvestments to enhance quality and safety, combined with the DeMichaelis family ethos of integrity, dogged work ethic, and authentic stakeholder cultivation, lie at the epicenter of success of this third-generation family business. While the entrepreneurial ‘itch’ remained a constant in the eight decades of this company’s existence, the market opportunities related to ecologically-sustainable organic produce emerged via the social networks developed over generations. This family of attentive innovators regularly finds itself in the right place at the right time with the right leadership to act upon opportunities presented by societal changes.
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