About Agway of Cape Cod

Mission Statement

To provide our customers and the community with personable service, knowledge,
products and value for their home, farm, garden and pet needs.

The family tradition continues as Peter and Susan's children Joshua and Jessica Wile help manage the three stores in Orleans, South Dennis, and Chatham. (shown from the left, son Joshua, daughter Jessica, and owners Peter and Susan Wile. The family business wouldn't be complete without Jessica's Saint Bernard Lucy, and Peter and Susan's Springer Spaniels Wiley & Mya. Missing from photo Joshua's black lab Ceili and retired store cat Max)

  

Agway of Cape Cod began in 1993 as a small lawn, garden, and pet supply store built in Orleans by Peter Wile and his wife Susan. The Agway family tradition began in Northboro, MA where Peter’s father and farm owner Roger Wile opened an Eastern States Co-op farm and feed store in the early sixties.  Eastern States developed into the Agway farm dealer network, as Roger’s son Peter took an active role in the management and operations of the store.  Peter purchased the business from his father in 1983 and ran the business until he sold it in 1991.  

Soon after, some good friends from Orleans convinced Peter that the Cape was in need of a good old lawn, garden, and pet supply store.  Hence, the Agway family tradition continued as Peter moved to Brewster with his wife Susan and two children and opened the Orleans store at 20 Lots Hollow Road in 1993.  Peter’s son Josh started his career early by loading cars with soils and mulch after school.  The business soon grew and the Wiles installed the greenhouse for the Nursery Center at 10 Lots Hollow Road.  

The Wiles’ venture continued when Peter purchased Arbor Way Garden Center at 686 Route 134 in South Dennis in 2000.  Another six years later, he purchased the business Greensleeves Nursery at 1005 Main Street in Chatham.  Now with three stores and nearly 100 employees during the busy spring season, the Wile family has settled in as a proud member of the mid- and lower-cape business communities.  Operating the Orleans, Dennis, and Chatham stores as Agway of Cape Cod, Peter and Susan are still active owners.  Son Joshua is General Manager of the three locations.  Daughter Jessica helps with marketing and accounting as a manager in the business office.  They have an great team of managers and employees that are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. 

The Wiles are proud to operate their Agway stores as a family business that is tied to the local communities.  In addition to the retail operations, Agway maintains great relations with local non-profits and charities.  They work with organizations such as the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Orleans Pond Coalition, Eastham Dog Owner’s Association, local Garden Clubs, hosting events and providing donations.  They are also active members in the Orleans, Dennis, Chatham, and Eastham Chambers of Commerce.  Agway’s largest annual donation is their Mutt Mitt program.  About five years ago, they addressed the issue of keeping our parks and beaches clean and promoting responsible dog ownership by donating dispensers and cases of Mutt Mitt dog waste pickup bags to local towns and organizations.  This program has grown into Agway’s largest community donation program, totaling to over $5,500 per year.  

Agway of Cape Cod and the Wile family are dedicated to providing its customers and the community with quality service, and hope to continue the tradition for years to come. 

The beginning of the Wile family Agway tradition. Roger and Rita Wile in front of the famous rooster that remains at 411 West Main Street in Northborough, MA

Father and Son Roger and Peter Wile

Cool Season Veggies

You might think of the growing season as the time between frosts. But vegetable gardening
doesn’t have to wait until warm weather to be in the forecast. Cool Season vegetables are
heartier varieties that tolerate, and even thrive, in the cold soil of early Spring. For many
gardeners, mid-March marks the best time of the gardening season. What’s really important is
soil temperature–it must be in the 40’s for cool season vegetable seeds to germinate. Simply
go by the general rule that soil is warm enough when you can easily turn it with a shovel. Here
are some come cool season vegetable suggestions worth trying:

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Spring Bird Feeding Tips

Spring is an amazing birding season and great for feeding birds. In spring, not only are year-round resident birds eager to visit feeders as winter food supplies run low, but returning migrants need reliable food sources as they head north to their breeding grounds, and well-stocked bird feeders are a popular choice.   Birds eat […]

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Starting Seeds Indoors

Start seeds 4 to 6 weeks before you plant in the garden. Cool season crops like broccoli or
lettuce can go into the garden before the last frost. Warm season crops like tomatoes &
peppers should not be planted until all danger of frost is past. Almost anyone can succeed by
following the guidelines below.

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Employment Opportunities at Agway of Cape Cod

  Agway of Cape Cod is looking for energetic and friendly people interested in working in a fast-paced outdoor environment.  Most positions begin as seasonal with potential to turn into longer-term, benefited employment.  Prior nursery/retail experience or in-depth knowledge of plants, gardening, or pets is a real plus!   Submit your applications today at any […]

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Wait to prepare your garden

After a long a snowy winter, most gardeners are anxious to start preparing their garden for planting. But don’t rush into it to quickly! Preparing your soil too early can be harmful to your garden. When the soil is still saturated from rain or melting snow it can easily become compacted by equipment or just walking on it. Large clumps of wet soil will eventually dry out into heavy chunks that are harder to break up later. How do you know when your soil is ready? Grab a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball. If you can break the ball with your hand or fingers, or by dropping it, the soil is ready for planting. If you have a hard time breaking that ball you’ll need to wait a little longer to prepare your garden.


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