2001 Regional Winner

Stanislaus Farm Supply - Modesto, CA

Although separated from its neighbors by large stretches of farmland, Modesto, CA-based Stanislaus Farm Supply considers itself an integral part of the community. According to Sam Bettencourt, company president/chief executive officer, the cooperative wouldn't have it any other way.

"We want everything to be community friendly," Bettencourt says. "Part of accomplishing this is making sure our facility is environmentally sound, so we are the kind of neighbors people are happy to share space with."

One way Stanislaus maintains this level of environmental/community stewardship is its storm water retention pond. According to Bill Brush, operations manager for the cooperative, all did charge water generated by the facility drains into the poly-lined pond, keeping it on-site and away from the surrounding groundwater supply.