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Fair Trade USA and Partners Deliver Record Impact in 2011

May 24, 2012

Community Development Premiums Empower and Improve Fair Trade Farming Communities; Impact Driven by Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration By:  Fair Trade USA   Fair Trade USA recently released its 2011 Almanac, an annual publication which provides detailed information on the supply and impact of Fair Trade Certified products. According to the Almanac, in 2011 farmers and farm workers […]

Giveaway: Kopali Organics

May 21, 2012

  Win 1 of 3 FREE bags of Fair Trade Certified Kopali Chocolate Bananas!  Find out how at the bottom of this post.   Kopali Organics:  What’s In A Name? Did you know Kopali (ko*pah*lee) is an ancient Mexican Nahuatl word meaning “incense”, particularly identified with the forms of tree sap resin used as a […]

Fair Trade Tour with Indian Artisan Coordinator, Lata Kachhawaha

May 11, 2012

Lata Kachhawaha joins Handmade Expressions and Fair Trade Towns for a fair trade tour along the west coast. There are millions of artisans around the world who live in poverty. Lata Kachhawa is a passionate social activist who has devoted her life to improving the conditions of such impoverished artisans, particularly women. Lata ji founded […]

Fair Trade Coffee in the Dominican Republic: From Seed to Bean

April 30, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free apparel […]

Fair Trade Bananas and Young Leadership in the Dominican Republic

April 28, 2012

Margo with COOPROBATA Board and staff Did you know that the Dominican Republic is the largest exporter of organic bananas? In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country […]

Giveaway: Global Mamas

April 24, 2012

History Global Mamas would not exist without the dedication of co-founders Renae Adam and Kristin Johnson who met in Ghana during their tenure in the US Peace Corps from 1992-95. Throughout those years they collaborated on many projects working to empower women. Both Renae and Kristin fell in love with Ghana, its people, and the […]

Day 6 at COOPROBATA: Banana’s that protect the people and preserve the planet

April 18, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free apparel […]

Day 5 at FEDECARES: The Tastiest Bean

April 16, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free apparel […]

Day 4 at FEDECARES: Discovering the Social Premium at a General Assembly Meeting

April 14, 2012

  In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free […]

Day 3 at Alta Gracia Apparel Factory: “This is a Dream”

April 13, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free apparel […]

Day 2 at CONACADO: From cocoa pod to delicious bean!

April 11, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic where they built the people-to-people ties that make working for Fair Trade so meaningful.  The Travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their […]

Day 1 at CONACADO: Creating Conscious Farmers of Reality

April 10, 2012

In March, Fair Trade Towns USA sent 12 volunteer organizers on a 7 day learning tour of Fair Trade farms in Dominican Republic. The travelers came from town and city campaigns all over the country to see the effects of their hard work, visiting cocoa, coffee and banana farms, as well as a sweat-free apparel […]

Delegation Arrives in the Domincan Republic

March 28, 2012

The Fair Trade Towns crew has arrived in Boca Chica, Dominican Repbulic, and local organizers are stoked after various emails and phone calls to finally meet face-to-face. Our evening began by meeting with a local advocate, Unica, who works in the eastern part of Santo Domingo. Using her experience of fighting for democracy during the Dominican revolution as inspiration, she now […]

National Delegation to Visit Fair Trade Farms in Dominican Republic

March 23, 2012

Fair Trade Towns USA will be sending 12 volunteer organizers on an immersion trip to the Dominican Republic March 28th through April 4th, where they will build the people-to-people ties that make working for Fair Trade so meaningful.  This is the second time that Fair Trade Towns USA has collaborated with Global Exchange, a leading […]

RECORDING: Strategic Planning Webinar

March 22, 2012

Fair Trade Towns USA produced its first webinar of the year last night on Strategic Planning and the audio/video recording is now available!    Follow this link to access the webinar recording Follow this link for a copy of the Power Point Presentation  What challenges did the webinar address? The webinar provided organizers with principles […]

Strategic Planning Webinar Wednesday, March 21

March 9, 2012

Join Fair Trade Towns USA staff and seasoned organizer Steve Honeyman (In the Public Interest) for the first Fair Trade Towns webinar of the year.  Learn how to get your campaign organized and to build a vision and strategy to reach your goals. Fair Trade Towns Strategic Planning Webinar Date:  Wednesday, March 21st Time:  5:00 […]

Best in Fair Trade Awards: Which town will you nominate?

March 7, 2012

Only 3 weeks are left to nominate organizations for the first inclusive “Best in Fair Trade” Awards for N. America nonprofits & businesses and we think there are some deserving Fair Trade Town campaigns that need your nomination support! The public can nominate (by March 31), and vote, for U.S. & Canada organizations doing exemplary […]

Membership Programs, Small Grants & Fund Raising Events: Financial Stability for your Campaign

March 5, 2012

In February Fair Trade Towns USA put together a conference call for organizers so that they could discover how other campaigns are sustainably raising money. We heard from Nancy Jones in Chicago about Membership Programs, Maya Sharp in Pasadena about Fund Raising events and Courtney Lang of Fair Trade Towns USA about the Small Grants […]

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