It was a lively ladies' night out at the Women, Wine, and Whey Countryside Chix event, presented by Countryside Conservancy on Aug. 28. More than 40 women gathered to toast the theme of women in agriculture at the Winery at Wolf Creek.
The evening began with a tour of the vineyards and wine cellar, led by winemaker Carrie Bonvallet. Back indoors, Bonvallet was joined by Abbe Turner, CEO and cheesemaker at Lucky Penny Farm in Kent. The two women led attendees through a wine and cheese pairing, featuring wines from Winery at Wolf Creek and cheeses from Lucky Penny Farm, Canal Junction Farmstead Creamery, Mackenzie Creamery and Yellow House Cheese.
"This event is an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful agricultural work that women like Abbe and Carrie are doing right in our own backyard," said Katie Myers-Griffith, Development Director for Countryside Conservancy. "Agriculture is often thought of as a traditionally male line of work, but the reality is that women are the fastest growing segment of small farm owners in the country."
More than $1570 was raised at the event, with proceeds going to support Countryside Conservancy's mission to connect people, food and land. The fundraiser was generously sponsored by The Stein Companies.
For more information on Countryside Conservancy and future Countryside Chix events, contact Heather Roszczyk at email@example.com or 330-657-2542 ext. 225 or visit www.cvcountryside.org.