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March 17, 2023

Coffee on the Co-op

Thanks to all those who came out to our Coffee on the Co-op event at the Piqua office today. We enjoyed hearing your feedback, sharing information with you and of course the opportunity to meet many of you. Special congratulations to our bill credit winner, Annette Purkey! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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March 16, 2023

A Deep-Rooted Family Tradition

With family history deep-rooted in horticulture, Pioneer member Mark Guenthner, owner of Blue Acre Gardens, has continued a 140-year family tradition of bringing plants to local customers. Blue Acre Gardens, located on Bulle Road in Piqua, specializes in perennials, bedding plants, vegetables, and herbs, selling nearly 25,000 plants annually. “I was born into it,” says Mark. The Guenthner family tradition started in the 1880s, when Martin and Rosina Guenthner operated The Garden, where they grew vegetables and flowers in their first greenhouses. It was located next to the cemetery in Piqua, Ohio. Back then, greenhouses often were near cemeteries so...

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March 4, 2020

Member Feature: Providing a Second Chance at Clear Creek Farm

When Chad Gessler worked as a juvenile probation officer in Shelby County, he tried to be a strong male figure for the troubled youth he worked with — someone who they could talk to. It wasn’t long until he discovered his natural ability to get on their level and understand them. He found himself wondering what life would be like for these kids if he could change their environment. Years later, he would have the opportunity to do just that. Gessler was serving on the board of trustees for Clear Creek Farm, a nonprofit children’s home for emotionally or physically...

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