2014 Cabot Community Tour: Philadelphia, PA

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

Tuesday June 17th, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Family Ride on the Northern Delaware Greenway

East Coast Greenways’ Andy Hamilton organized a ride-out to accompany Cathy and Myron Skott on the next leg of their journey from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas State Park, Wilmington. Cabot Community Tour project manager, Michelle Silver, SAG wagon driver/photographer, Alan Fitton, and Community Tour event organizer Jo Sabel Courtney joined 5 riders, who experienced a 12-mile ride on the award-winning Delaware Greenways, which was recently ranked fourth “bike-friendly” state. We could see why! A mid-ride stop allowed us to snack on Cabot Legacy Cheddar and enjoy some conversation with DE Parks & Rec’s Nikki Miller.

PACA Presents: The Solidarity Economy

The City of Brotherly Love shown bright at the Christ Church Neighborhood House on Tuesday, June 17. Members of more than 16 community-oriented organizations land redevelopment, community development, housing for women, micro-financing, recycled clothing, food co-ops, credit unions, senior and child care in depressed areas of the city, and more came together to learn about the “solidarity economy” they are a part of.

For a number of the attendees, the concept was a new one. A “solidarity economy” has diverse origins and varied meanings, all of which revolve around the effort to root economic activity in principles of solidarity, participation, cooperation, and reciprocity as opposed to the competitive individualism characteristic of mainstream capitalist paradigms.

Drs. Edgar Cahn and Christine Gray spoke about “time banking, an alternative to paper money in communities where it is scarce. They are credited as the creators of the concept which is now in practice all over the country. Dr. Cahn also spoke about his experiences working for equality since he was a young man employed by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Political Science Associate Professor Craig Borowiak spoke passionately about how all the organizations present, plus many more, are working for the larger goal of the solidarity economy. His perspective was inspirational and an eye-opener for many at the meeting who struggle every day for their individual cause.

Speakers from Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Finata, The Reinvestment Fund, and the New Economy Coalition also spoke about their organization and its part in the common goal.

Peter Frank from the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) which organized the event wrote later, “Everyone at PACA thinks it was a huge success, and it could serve as an important part of our development as an organization. We definitely have Cabot to thank for helping us pull off an event of that scale.”

Philly Pumptrack Celebrates Our Volunteers and Our Community

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On a warm June evening, the community of Parkside in Philadelphia came together to welcome Cabot’s Community Tour’s arrival and to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism that is alive and well in this neighborhood. In an outstanding partnership between Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Philly PumpTrack, the Parkside Association, Philadelphia Parks and Rec and Brown’s ShopRite, the celebration honored the volunteers that transformed a vacant lot into a pump track that is now open to their neighborhood.

While a local DJ kept guests dancing, Cabot’s Farmers’ Gratitude Grille treated guests to their famous mac ‘n cheese as Cabot’s way of saying thank you for helping to build a strong community. The Grille could not have fed all 200 guests without the generous assistance of Brown’s ShopRite and their staff.

As kids and adults took to the PumpTrack, other guests enjoyed Philly Park and Rec’s spray park, free ice cream courtesy of BEN-FM or sampling some of Cabot’s new Legacy collection of cheddars. Parkside also warmly welcomed the DREAM mentoring program to the party, as their staff, mentors and kids got to know the Parkside community.

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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