Blog Post - Cabot Creamery Cooperative
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Sustainability Cabot CreameryAt Cabot Creamery,we understand Sustainability to beliving within our means and ensuring the means to live.Our fundamental approach to stewardship and social impact is based on the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic impacts. Our approach is called context-based sustainability. The scope of our sustainability efforts runs from farm-to-fork, but we realize our greatest influence is from the cow to the creamery and from the creamery to our customers. Our cooperatives typical member/owneris a multi-generational dairy farm family, a trend we endeavor to extend for a long time to come.
Cabot Creameryis the first dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certfication,a validation of our attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.We join a growing legion of successful cooperatives, fellow Northeast organizations and forward-thinking national brands that have been certified by the non-profit, B Lab.Certified B Corporations are businesses around the globe that meet rigorous and independent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.http://www.bcorporation.net/cabotAbout Cabot CreameryCabot Creamery Cooperative is owned by dairy farm families throughout New England and upstate New York. Best known for making the Worlds Best Cheddar, we value our cooperative roots, which date back to 1919. Cabot is proud that all profits from sales of Cabots award-winning line of dairy products go to support our dairy farmers.For more information about Cabots Sustainability Program, please contactJed Davis, Director of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewable Energy with the Audets
Dreams of Greener Pastures:
Blue Spruce Farm
Blue Spruce Farm has been in operation for more than half a century. In 1958, Norman and MaryRose Audet were married and established their farm in Bridport, VT. They soon began raising a family of five, who would follow in their parents’ footsteps to work the 3,000-acre piece of land with views of the Green Mountains to the east, and the Adirondacks to the west.
This family farm has become a national leader in both recycling and bioenergy. Working with Central Vermont Public Service Company (CVPS), Blue Spruce Farm was the pilot farm for CVPS’s “Cow Power” system. This process turns cow waste into energy, allowing the farm to provide about 400 local Vermont families with electricity. The Journal of Dairy Science published a case study in 2011 documenting the success of the CVPS Cow Power Program, which is expected to help expand the program to other farms.
In 2007, CVPS and the Audet Family received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for their work in renewable energy. Blue Spruce Farm was also featured on Planet Green's television series, Dean of Invention, in an episode about renewable energy from animal and human waste.
In addition to being renewable energy experts, the Audets are also avid recyclers. The nutrient-rich byproducts from the Cow Power Process are used as fertilizer for the land, and the solid matter that remains is used as bedding for the cows, putting all components to good stewardship use.
Marie Audet, pictured above with her husband Eugene, is also involved in dairy policy, helping to found Dairy Farmers Working Together in 2006. See her talk life on the farm, and what it means to be a dairy farmer today in Vermont in an interview by Vermont News Guy Jon Margolis.
Learn more about how Blue Spruce Farm is a leading member of our farmer-owned dairy cooperative. It is farm families like this that make Cabot special.
Cabot Creamery is a cooperative owned by dairy farm families throughout New England and New York. We’re pleased to introduce you to our farmer/owners to learn of their efforts in stewardship and sustainability for dairy farming.