Graves' Supermarkets has cultivated a relationship with its local high school's farm program that enables the retailer to get the freshest possible produce and also strengthens its ties to the community. Community ties, the closeness to the product as it's grown, the gentlemen's agreements, the lower costs and access to shiny apples right off the tree characterize the unique retailer-school partnership. The nature of the relationships adds up to one plus after another for the family-owned ...

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