In honor of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, the farmers who own Cabot have been celebrating their legacy and those who protect it. This week the farmers visited local fire houses to thank firefighters for their great work and unwavering dedication to their communities. They shared their gratitude, along with samples of the new Cabot Farmers’ Legacy Collection, coupons and plaid eco bags.

Canaan Fire Company with Theresa Freund, Kies Orr, Jenn Humes Jacquier and Rachel G Freund.

Fletcher Farm visited Pittsfield and Detroit Maine Fire Departments.

The Fletcher family visited Pittsfield and Detroit Maine Fire Departments.

Melissa Greenbacker with Andrew Bellemare at Durham Volunteer Fire Company.

Kelly Barstow visiting South Hadley Fire Department

With Gill Loud, Denise Barstow and Greg Whittier.

Say “cheese” Hadley Fire Department! — with Kelly Barstow, Nick McKenna and Michael H Spanknebel.

Anna Pape visitng the Chazy Fire Department last night during Fire Prevention Week to thank them for their service to the community.

Bethann Caston delivered Cabot Legacy Collection cheese to the Mooers Volunteer Fire Department.

Amelia Coon of Coon Brothers Farm, a puppy and a firefighter.

Coon Brothers Farm visits Pine Plains, NY Fire Department

Coon Brothers Farm visits Pine Plains, NY Fire Department

Coon Brothers’ Farm visits Millerton, NY Fire Department

Sheffield Fire Department – cheese delivered and photo by Rene Boardman

Some of our farmers wanted to share their thoughts about their experiences:

What is the legacy of your community’s fire department?

  • The legacy of our fire department is selfless service to our community. Most volunteers have full time jobs but still come out at all times of the day or night to help those in need. They also help other communities when their mutual assistance is needed. ~Melissa Greenbacker (Brookfield Farm)
  • In 1905, William Miner built a Hose House for fire protection for Heart’s Delight Farm. The Hose House was equipped with 600 feet of 2 ½” lined linen hose. Blueprints indicate there were 27 double fire hydrants equipped with 2 ½” unlined linen hose in hydrant houses around the farm. The total length of hose in all the hydrants totaled 8100 feet. The hydrants were connected to an elaborate underground pipeline system fed from a 1,000,000 gallon man-made reservoir. William Miner recognized the importance of protecting and preserving his farm, his staff, the animals. Our local volunteer fire departments carry on that legacy with pride, commitment and tremendous dedication though there is no financial incentive to do so. The men and women who are members of our local fire departments are fabulous representatives of what community service is all about. ~Rachel Dutil (William H. Miner Agricultural Research Center)
  • The legacy of our community’s fire department revolves around volunteering. Without these volunteers, we wouldn’t have our fire department. So it’s even more important that we thank them for giving their time and efforts, sometimes their lives for the sake of our community. Some fire departments only have a handful of volunteers, but they are proud of what they do. They probably struggle with leaving their legacy, because they need to continue to receive volunteers in order to go forward. ~Amber Coon (Coon Brothers Farm)
  • For generations many local families have served the community as members of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department. This fire department continues to attract local young people. ~Hilary Mack (Phillips Dairy Farm)

What would you like to say the fire fighters in your community?

  • I’d like to thank every volunteer for their service. While I hope we never need them, we are truly grateful that they are always there for us, willing to help. ~Melissa Greenbacker (Brookfield Farm)
  • In the spring of 2012, the historic horse barn at Miner Institute could have been destroyed by a fire, but fortunately was saved. We are so unbelievably humbled and grateful by the selfless, generous acts of two passersby on their way to work as well as two Miner employees who helped to safely evacuate the horses from the barn as well as the volunteers from the Chazy and West Chazy fire departments. Thank you seems to be so impossibly inadequate. To all our local firemen and women, please know that you are a tremendous asset to our community and we are deeply grateful for all that you do. ~Rachel Dutil (William H. Miner Agricultural Research Center)
  • We thank them for their time and sacrifice. Since they are volunteers, they have to stop what they are doing at the sound of the call and head out to help others. I say thank you for putting your life on hold for the sake of your community. Everyone was friendly and receptive. All the departments had equipment check that night, so it was nice to pardon us a few moments for a picture and a few words. As a mother, I was moved by them being so kind to Amelia. One company gave her a teddy bear and another a fire hat. One even shared a bar of cheese with her, because she was dying to have that delicious cheese ~Amber Coon (Coon Brothers Farm)
  • To all the firefighters in the area Thank you to both the firemen and their families for all of the hours of training, the time away from family for your continued commitment to safety and fire prevention. ~Hilary Mack (Phillips Dairy Farm)

What did you enjoy most about your visit?

  • I enjoyed the reaction from the volunteers when they saw the cheese. Many said “I love Cabot cheese!” They were very appreciative that we thanked them for their service; not many people take the time to thank them. Many of the volunteers tried each cheese and told me which one they liked the best. One firefighter said, when trying each flavor, “this one’s very good, this one’s very good, and this one is GREAT!” It felt really great to give something back to the people who are always there to help us if needed. ~Melissa Greenbacker (Brookfield Farm)
  • I have enjoyed this opportunity to say thank you and to share a product that all of us at Miner are so proud of. We are so fortunate to live in such a generous community with volunteer fire departments who are always ready and willing to heed whatever calls come their way. We are also fortunate to be members of such a generous family cooperative — Cabot deserves praise for their generosity, spirit, and willingness to give back. Cabot should also be commended for their ability to produce some of the most delicious cheese there is!!! It must be the milk!!! ~Rachel Dutil (William H. Miner Agricultural Research Center)
  • We got to see a company using a brand new jaws of life and learned something new. ~Amber Coon (Coon Brothers Farm)
  • For me delivering the cheese to the firemen’s homes and places of work was enjoyable, to be able to visit for a moment, and tell them that what they do is appreciated by the local farmers and here is some Cabot cheese. It was a surprise gift, appreciated by all. ~Hilary Mack (Phillips Dairy Farm)

Amelia Coon of Coon Brothers Farm enjoying the fire trucks.


Rene Boardman paid a visit to the Sheffield Fire Department tonight to say thanks on behalf of her family and the rest of the 1,200 farm families that own Cabot Cheese, for all that they do for the community.

Accord Fire Company #1

Mike Cook with a bag of Cabot Cheese to share at Wed night fire mans training in Charlotte.


Alligerville Fire Company

Mark Livingston volunteer fireman and farmer of New Haven, Vt receiving a bag of Cabot Cheese from Hilary Mack.

Volunteers like these dedicated firefighters are the lifeblood of healthy and safe communities. Volunteer firefighters and anyone else who volunteers can use the Reward Volunteers iPhone app and web widget to log their hours, post their activity on Facebook, and become eligible for prizes for themselves and for the organizations they serve. Sign up today with Reward Volunteers and start logging your volunteers to leverage the power of giving!

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