Cultivate & Co 2016 – collaboration not competition

#Cultivate2016 – FROM FARM TO PLATE

I had the privilege of attending the Cultivate & Co long table dinner this past weekend; #Cultivate2016 It was a night that celebrated local, bringing farm to plate.

Let me start by saying it was STUNNING!

Cultivate & Co was created to enhance relationships between local businesses, farmers and people and it is the brain child of three lovely sisters who grew up on a farm in Chilliwack…I have known the family for years…what can I say, they are farmers and they are Dutch.

I was blown away by this long table dinner; the setting at Chilliwack Corn Maze, the ambiance that was created on site, the welcome, the vignettes, the shelter, the lighting, the tables, the place settings, the floral arrangements, the details, the weather, that sunset, the menu…everything.  Like I said it was STUNNING, not to mention DELICIOUS!

C&Co table 3


But more than all the pretty details and delicious food & drink I appreciated the passion behind it.  This was a crowd of people gathered together to share a meal and celebrate and support all that is local including a local charity; Bowls of Hope.

This event was made possible by the collaboration of numerous local Fraser Valley businesses, farmers and individuals that believe in our community and recognize the value in working together.

The focus was collaboration not competition.

The question was how can we help and support each other rather than focusing on how to compete or dominate each other.

I walked away from the event well fed but also full of pride for this community we call home and with a renewed sense of supporting my local community.

No matter where you live I encourage you to support your community.  A community is only as good as the people who call it home.

Thank You Cultivate & Co.

I was impressed & inspired.

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Until then…support local!

C&Co us later