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Organizer Spotlight: Joe Michon – Claremont, CA

October 1, 2012

This blog post comes from Fair Trade Claremont’s own Joe Michon. Read on to follow Claremont’s journey to its declaration as a Fair Trade Town! It’s All About People Fair Trade house parties in the fall of 2010 laid the groundwork for a Towns Campaign. Friends gathered with refreshments, a video (“Fair Trade: The Story”) […]

Hoist the main sail, tharrr be coffee on the high seas!

September 23, 2012

Carrotmob is a new way for people to influence businesses to make them more sustainable. Instead of organizing boycotts, we offer to spend money as a group to support a business if the business agrees to make an improvement that we care about. Everyone wins – businesses get money and we achieve unprecedented social impact. […]

Conference News: Travel Stipend & Hotel Room Block Information

September 14, 2012

REGISTER, APPLY & BOOK HERE The wait is finally over! We are eager to announce hotel accommodations and travel stipend information for the upcoming Fair Trade Campaigns Conference taking place in Chicago on October 26 – 28. Space and funds are limited, so if you haven’t registered yet, now is the time!  Follow this link […]

Fair Trade Towns USA was inspired to build demand for Fair Trade bananas after visiting a Fair Trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic in March of 2012.

Proudly Presenting: Go Bananas for Fair Trade!

September 13, 2012

  Let the National Celebration for Fair Trade Bananas Begin Did you now that bananas are the world’s most popular fruit? The Go Bananas for Fair Trade web page and toolkit will help you identify where Fair Trade bananas are available in your community and, if not, how to build the strategic relationships and consumer […]

Short Film Contest for Students

September 10, 2012

Your chance to win a $1000 cash prize and to spend a week with a Fair Trade documentary team in Latin America! Produce a creative, inspiring and memorable short film that explains Fair Trade and encourages students to take action on campus. THE PRIZES Grand Prize Trip to Latin America with a Fair Trade documentary […]

Go Bananas Case Study: Mankato, MN Gets Fair Trade Bananas in Local Supermarket

September 10, 2012

Are you trying to rally the local supermarket you patron to carry Fair Trade bananas, but need some help with tactics?  Mankato Fair Trade Town Initiative in Minnesota is one campaign that has successfully gotten Fair Trade bananas in to a local supermarket.  As part of the Go Bananas for Fair Trade Initiative we interviewed […]

Banana Spotlight: interrupcion* Fair Trade

September 5, 2012

  By Guest Blogger: Nikki Holzberg interrupcion* Fair Trade was established in 2000 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a global stakeholder community committed to building a sustainable future through responsible consumption, sustainable development, organic farming and Fair Trade. We work directly with approximately 2,000 producer groups in Latin America, financing Fair Trade and organic certifications, […]

Organizer Spotlight: Nicole Main – Bloomington, IN

August 30, 2012

Here is a blog written by Fair Trade Bloomington’s Nicole Main.  Read on to discover where Bloomington is at in the process to becoming a Fair Trade Town and what kind of relationships have fueled their success!   My name is Nicole Main, and I work with the Fair Trade Bloomington campaign. Our committee’s main […]

Jenn visiting the artisans of Hajiganj Kaisa Basket in Bangladesh, making the Fair Trade baskets we sell at Ten Thousand Villages.

Campaign Spotlight: Winter Park, Florida

August 24, 2012

Guest Blogger:  Jennifer Shroeder, Co-Manager at Ten Thousand Villages-Winter Park and Steering Committee Member with Fair Trade Winter Park   Here is a blog post from the small, but mighty team in Winter Park/Orlando, Florida.  Winter Park recently became the 27th Fair Trade Town in the USA and here you’ll discover their path to becoming […]

Campaign Spotlight: Pasadena, California

July 26, 2012

Fair Trade Pasadena turned 2 years old in January 2012, where the movement has continued to gain momentum in the historic city bordering downtown Los Angeles. The fervor for Fair Trade is not new to Pasadena. Several years ago many organizations and religious groups, along with several enthusiastic city officials, united to help open a Ten Thousand Villages store on Lake Street, the center of a busy shopping market. The stage was set to become a Fair Trade Town.

Registration Open: Fair Trade Campaigns Conference

July 24, 2012

When:  Friday – Sunday, October 26 – 28, 2012 Where:  Chicago, IL Register here for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference!   Join us for the second Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference this Fall!  The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities campaigns at all stages, […]

Fair Trade Towns USA Small Grants Program

July 20, 2012

  As October, the month of Fair Trade, is slowly approaching, we want to remind our campaign organizers to take advantage of the Fair Trade Towns USA Small Grants Program to plan and fund Fair Trade events in their communities.  Providing organizers with much needed resources for building capacity, diversifying their outreach, and ensuring the […]

RECORDING: Answering Difficult Questions Webinar

July 18, 2012

  On July 10, Fair Trade Towns USA hosted a webinar called Answering Difficult Questions in Your Community.  With the help of two of our National Steering Committee and local lead organizers, Joan Harper (Fair Trade Los Angeles) and Ryan McDonnell (Fair Trade Boston), this webinar helped to bring clarity to the challenges and issues […]

Go Bananas for Fair Trade this October!

July 12, 2012

Take The Challenge We need you to build consumer demand for Fair Trade bananas in your community!  Take the Go Bananas Challenge from noon on October 13 to noon on October 21 by organizing Fair Trade banana themed events.  Campaigns will submit photos and/or number of bananas eaten at their event(s) to win cool prizes.  […]

Organizer Spotlight: Paul Renshaw – Mankato, MN

July 11, 2012

Ever wonder what inspires people to start Fair Trade Town campaigns? How about what kind of impact a campaign can make on the availability of Fair Trade products in a community? Get the low-down on Mankato, Minnesota’s phenomenal success through the words of their chair, Paul Renshaw.

Save the Date: National Conference

July 10, 2012

  Save the Date: National Conference Friday – Sunday, October 26 – 28, 2012 Chicago, IL   To bring together Fair Trade enthusiasts from across the nation, Fair Trade Towns & Colleges/ Universities will be organizing the 2nd annual National Conference in Chicago on the weekend of October 26-28. The 3-day gathering will focus on […]

Organizer Spotlight: Laura Mullin – Winter Park, FL

June 28, 2012

It is so empowering to be a part of a worldwide campaign. I hope that one day Fair Trade is not just a limited option, but instead the opposite; the only option. I am excited to continue to develop relationships with those dedicated to the fair trade movement. I am proud to know that I have had something to do with the awareness of fair trade in my own community, and I am ready to see this movement grow into something beautiful!

Giveaway: HAE Now OrganicTees

June 26, 2012

Looking for a sustainable t-shirt to print for your next fundraiser or event? Or, are you trying to get restaurants and community organizations to embrace Fair Trade with cool options? Then check out HAE Now’s high quality fair trade organic cotton blanks where you’ll find t-shirts, aprons and baby items. Soon you’ll find bistro aprons, polo style t-shirts and wash cloths.

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