Lead for Change Blog

Berkeley & Boston, FT Towns Numbers 19 & 20!

August 23, 2010

From Guest Bloggers Lauren Van Ham & Savanah Eichfeld The momentum continues to grow across the country for Fair Trade Towns USA. Berkeley and Boston continue generating exciting movement forward by becoming the 19th and 20th Fair Trade Towns in the USA. The following come from lead organizers from the two campaigns. Please join us […]


July 27, 2010

Conway, MA Becomes the 18th FT Town!

July 8, 2010

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 […]

Support from Mankato, MN FTT to Farmers in Haiti

July 2, 2010

This year’s World Fair Trade Day took on new meaning for the organizers of the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative and for farmers in Haiti recovering from the devastating earthquake in January. For their World Fair Trade Day event, MAFTTI organized five local coffee shops to serve Fair Trade Certified coffee and donated a […]

Norman, OK – Fair Trade Town #17!!!

May 19, 2010

By Guest Blogger Gene Perry Norman’s achievement of Fair Trade Town status is the result of a two year campaign by Norman Fair Trade. NFT is a volunteer group including Norman citizens of all ages and backgrounds, from retirees to high school and middle school students. They teamed up with local businesses and community groups, […]

Madison, WI Becomes the 1st Fair Trade State Capital!

May 9, 2010

By Guest Blogger Erica Symonds One of the most progressive cities in the country, Madison, WI is now the 16th Fair Trade City in the U.S. and the first state capital to achieve this status.  Madison’s Fair Trade Town campaign is also the first to be spearheaded by a student organization, which is the Fair […]

2011 Fair Trade Calendar Photo Contest!

May 8, 2010

Our friends at the Fair Trade Resource Network have invited all of us to participate in their second annual Fair Trade Calendar Photo contest! For the second year in a row, working with the Fair Trade Federation, FTRN is working hard to spread the word about Fair Trade and to help grow awareness of Fair […]

Mapping the Movement

May 8, 2010

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Announcing ‘City Delegation’ Rates for the FT Futures Conference!

May 5, 2010

One of the main goals of the Fair Trade Futures conference is to empower attendees to engage in community efforts to grow awareness of the Fair Trade movement in their hometowns. To this end, we are excited to rally City Delegations to attend. City Delegations are a way to build community before, after, and during […]

Red Bank Gives NJ the most FT Towns of Any State!

April 20, 2010

By Guest Blogger Dalaiah Kusner When the Red Bank Ten Thousand Villages manager first came across the idea of a Fair Trade Town, she realized that Red Bank would be an ideal place to have a campaign. To start, the town already had a school, a church, and at least one business fully supporting Fair […]

e-Taste & Be Fair: Green Mountain Coffee Tasting

April 14, 2010

You are invited to join a special coffee tasting in honor of World Fair Trade Day.  Join Lindsey Bolger, Director of Coffee Sourcing and Relationships, as she brews and tastes our limited edition Spring Revival™ Blend. Date:  Thursday, May 6, 2010 Time:   6:00 – 6:30 PM EST Location: We’ll be live broadcasting via USTREAM (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e-tasting-green-mountain-coffee-s-spring-revival-blend) […]

Fair Trade Face-to-Face

April 14, 2010

Next Monday, April 19th, a unique and exciting event is making its way to our office in Oakland, CA, and you’re invited to attend from the comfort of your home or office! We will host five coffee producers from Africa and Latin America for a live a live USTREAM broadcast. They will talk about how […]

Buena Vista Becomes the First FT Town in Colorado!

February 25, 2010

By Guest Blogger Joel Benson Our small community in central Colorado has been working rather hard to put its best foot forward, sustainably. In 2005 a group of forward thinking individuals started our region’s first and only New Urbanist subdivision. We have the longest whitewater park in Colorado, more fourteen thousand foot peaks than anywhere […]

Return Your Campain Status Surveys This Month

February 25, 2010

We are off to a good start to 2010 so far and our first big project is to develop an extensive resource library for organizers, full of new tools and materials. To this end, we want to make sure we are addressing the biggest areas of need first, so we are asking all of our […]

Divine News for Cocoa Farmers in Sierra Leone

February 14, 2010

Divine Chocolate, the pioneering social enterprise co-owned by the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Cooperative in Ghana, has announced that, for the first time, chocolate lovers can enjoy premium Fair Trade Certified cocoa from Sierra Leone in all of Divine’s chocolate delights. This exciting move is the result of many years of hard work by the cocoa […]

2010 FT Calendars Still Available!

February 10, 2010

By Guest Blogger Jeff Goldman We are happy to report that the 2010 Fair Trade Calendar was a huge success! The first calendar generated a profit which is being split between the Fair Trade Resource Network the Fair Trade Federation. We have a limited number of calendars left, so you’ve got one last chance to […]

A Fair trade Valentine’s Day: Made with Love

February 7, 2010

By Guest Blogger Jamie Guzzi Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to highlight the benefits and availability of Fair Trade products like flowers, chocolate, jewelry and wine. When buying gifts for your sweetheart, we hope everyone will choose Fair Trade and encourage their friends, family and supporters to do the same. It’s also […]

Join the First Call of 2010

January 7, 2010

The January Conference Call is right around the corner! This Wednesday, January 13th at 8:00pm Eastern/5:00pm Pacific will be the next Monthly National Organizers’ Conference Call. The call is a great opportunity to add more tools to your organizing repertoire and receive critical updates and information on the newest ideas for Fair Trade Towns USA […]