Bluffton, Ohio, becomes U.S. 11th Fair Trade Town
This May, Bluffton, Ohio joined other large cities and small towns across the U.S. in supporting Fair Trade by meeting the criteria to become the 11th Fair Trade Town in the US!
On May 16th, they celebrated their new Fair Trade status with an arts and crafts festival and multicultural performance including traditional English folk dancing, a children’s singing group, their high school jazz band, a fiddler, Celtic and Hindi singers, an eighth grade idol competition, and salsa dancing to songs from Latin America.
They also held Fair Trade events throughout the week at their local Ten Thousand Villages store and a drum circle in honor of World Fair Trade Day and the Big Bang at their celebration event. Congratulations, Bluffton!
Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns
Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.