THE 2012 COMMUNITY TOUR WALKS, BIKES AND RIDES INTO PROVIDENCE ON JULY 1ST!
The 2012 Community Tour celebrates those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. The two-month program kicked off on May 12th in Miami, Florida, and continues up the East Coast, closely following the route of the East Coast Greenway and culminating in Portland, Maine, on July 7th, the International Day of Cooperatives. The Tour features eight major weekend stops in key cities along the northerly route, including Miami, Charleston, Durham, Fredericksburg, Wilmington, New York City, Providence and Portland. Additionally, smaller weekday events will take place at stops along the route between the key cities. While events and activities will vary by market, the overall theme of cooperatives, community service and volunteerism will be the hallmark of each celebration.
The Providence event will be a day filled with Rhode Island’s food, farms, produce, gardens, crafts, history, music, dance and fun outdoor activity. Watch bees make honey, artists make jewelry; worms make compost and Cabot make cheese! Learn safety skills at the Bike Rodeo, plant high-yield native produce, see a solar-powered bubble maker and strip a bicycle down for parts. Eat fabulous food and hear amazing music from all the cultures that are part of our vibrant community.
Sponsors and Supporters
The 2012 Community Tour was created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and fellow sponsors and supporters, including 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, AARP Create The Good, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), HandsOn Network, Marriott and National Life Group. Local event sponsors and participants include Farm Fresh Rhode Island, International Institute, Ocean State Fresh, RI Bicycle Coalition, Rhody Fresh, Southside Community Land Trust, the Steel Yard, Social Venture Partners and many more.
The farm-family owners of Cabot Creamery Cooperative are proud of their cooperative roots. Founded in 1919, our farmers have always been an integral part of the communities they serve, supporting the places where they live and do business. The Community Tour coincides with the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives and is designed both to enable Cabot and its partners to promote the virtues of volunteerism and to support the communities in which we live on a far greater scale. By honoring those who give selflessly to their communities, the 2012 Community Tour aims to encourage others to do the same.