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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.

The National Team Grows!

June 8, 2012

In February 2012, Fair Trade Towns USA invited four new members to join its National Steering Committee: Joan Harper, Scott Tess, Ashley Fessler, and Elizabeth O’Connell. Each member brings creative ideas and new perspectives to the table, continuing to spread the Fair Trade movement throughout the country with their unique and invaluable experiences. Prior to these fresh faces, the committee consisted of a team of seven people from various backgrounds, such as Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Resource Network, declared or in-progress Fair Trade Towns, faith-based organizations, and more, all cooperating and working towards the similar vision of a Fair Trade nation. You can find stories and biographies of all current members of the National Steering Committee here.

Fair Trade Photo Contest Accepts Entries June 1-26

June 7, 2012

The 4th annual Fair Trade Photo Contest has begun! Educate about Fair Trade, or help spread the word about your business or organization and the beauty of Fair Trade.

Campaign Spotlight: La Mesa, California

June 5, 2012

The Fair Trade movement is gaining momentum in La Mesa and throughout San Diego County, thanks to the La Mesa Fair Trade Town steering committee. The word is spreading that, simply by our consumer choices, we can make a difference for the environment, the marginalized and local businesses.

Campaign: Bethlehem, New York

May 24, 2012

By Anna McMahon, Lead Organizer, Fair Trade Bethlehem   The Fair Trade Bethlehem NY campaign began in May 2009 with a Fair Trade coffee-sampling outside one of our independent cafes.  Since then we have expanded our efforts in many directions: organising public events; taking presentations to local schools and community groups; generating media interest and […]

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 […]

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