Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Livestream on December 14 at 10:30 am EST for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week, Everything Co-op continues to feature finalists from its Inaugural 2023 Holiday List, a thoughtfully curated list of products and services from the cooperative community.
In the 3rd installment, Vernon will introduce you to two picks for your body and community. Nate Chittenden, Member/Owner of Cabot Creamery Cooperative, will discuss what Cabot does to support communities. Danielle Robidoux, an organizer with Equal Exchange, will share products and services provided by Equal Exchange.
Nate Chittenden grew up passionate about cows, farming, and family. He co-manages the family’s 1,980-acre Dutch Hollow Farm in Shodack Landing, New York, with his parents and brothers. With about 1,500 cows, there is always plenty to do on the farm. Dutch Hollow welcomes thousands of visitors yearly from schools, pre-schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs, high school science classes, and college veterinary classes. Nate has held leadership positions on the board of Agri-Mark Young Cooperators, as a member of the Farmer Advisory Council for F.A.R.M., and has been a local 4-H dairy leader for more than 20 years. His efforts have helped strengthen his community, promote family farming and inspire the next generation of dairy farmers.
Nate was recently honored with the inaugural Cornell University Hometown Alumni Award. The award honors alumni in New York State who return to their home counties to start or enhance a business or non-profit, regularly volunteer, and are deeply engaged in their home counties. Devoted Dad When he isn’t farming,
Danielle Robidoux is a long-time food activist who has been interested in our connection to food since she was young. Raised by her Italian grandmother, she had been making homemade sauce since she could walk. Traveling to coffee lands throughout her higher education raised the resounding question of ‘why do people have to suffer so consumers can buy cheap products?’. To Danielle, Equal Exchange had the answer. Danielle has her Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economic Development and has been organizing work for Equal Exchange for the past seven years. She loves yoga, hiking, traveling, and anything that involves food.