Conway, MA Becomes the 18th FT Town!

Courtney Lang July 8, 2010

Conway, in Western Massachusetts, FT Town #18

Conway, in Western Massachusetts, is FT Town #18

By Guest Blogger Tom Spiro

Residents of the Town of Conway became aware early in 2010 of the effort by Fair Trade towns USA to help cities and towns across the country become Fair Trade Towns. Conway Town officials decided to join the movement and ask the citizens and businesses of their local municipality to pledge to adhere to the criteria of the campaign, and the principles of Fair Trade.

After working closely with local citizens and businesses over the course of the year, we are proud to announce that Conway, Mass is now the 18th Fair Trade Town in the United States. In addition to Conway, three of the other 18 Fair Trade Towns in the United States are right here in our backyard: Amherst, Northampton, and Brattleboro, VT.

As was true with these other campaigns in the area, the idea of the Buy Local, Buy Fair campaign is to encourage people to buy Fair Trade products at locally owned businesses, this way, with every purchase, we can take care of the world and ourselves at the same time.

Massachusetts is now even with new Jersey for the most Fair Trade Towns in any state with three.

One Comment

  1. …I would like to share this information with my Town of Chattahoochee, Florida. I am but one citizen of the City but will try and make a difference.
    I feel that your organization is creating a better world for us to live in…fair and square…
    I would like to see more towns appear here.

    Curtis Sewell - 14 years ago

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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.