Because we believe that strong, healthy, and unified communities make for a better world.

Monday June 9th, 2014

Cooperatives Wine and Cheese Event

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Credit Union League, partnered with Cabot Creamery, to Celebrate Co-Ops on Monday night. The NCBA sponsors town hall meetings that are designed to bring together leaders from all cooperative sectors and provide the opportunity to network and grow strategic alliances.

They were joined by members of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Virginia Credit Union League to celebrate Co-ops. In particular, the principle of Cooperation among Cooperatives was celebrated at this event; since cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures. The event took place at the beautiful Paradise Springs Winery, where wine tasting and appetizers were served. The Cabot Habanero Empanadas were quite the hit and the cheddar filled dates wrapped with bacon were outstanding. The threat of rain meant we celebrated on the lovely covered porch instead of outside, but the rain never came.

And imagine our excitement to meet Kathy Gibson (pictured below in robin-egg blue shirt) whose brother is a Cabot farm family owner of Gibson Farm in New Hampshire!

About the Tour

The 2014 Cabot Community Tour is a celebration of the work of cooperatives, service organizations, and volunteers and honors our 1200 farm family owners’ three most cherished principals: Cooperatives, Community and Volunteerism. From May 17 through June 21, the Tour is following a route along the East Coast Greenway, stopping at cities and towns along the way, meeting with organizations and their volunteers and honoring the work that goes into making a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Supporting the tour is the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a traveling kitchen conceived by the farm families who own Cabot. Cabot chefs prepare healthy, delicious meals as a way of thanking those who generously give their time to others in their communities.

Our farmers understand the value of volunteerism, and how donating time and services make communities stronger and healthier. Interested volunteers who can’t join us on the Cabot Community Tour can still get involved by visiting the Reward Volunteers website, and downloading the free Reward Volunteers iPhone app, or using the online web widget. Reward Volunteers is a free, easy way to track the time you spend volunteering in your community – and to earn rewards for yourself and the organizations you serve.

The 2014 Community Tour was created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its fellow sponsors and supporters, including: AARP Create the Good, East Coast Greenway, HandsOn Network, Marriott, National Life Group, and local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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