During Fair Trade month, people all across the world come together to learn about and celebrate Fair Trade. In our local area, Just Fare Market, Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac, and Marian University are connecting to educate and celebrate with a number of special events throughout the month. We encourage everyone to attend these important events to learn more about how our support of artisans and farmers in developing countries can truly make a difference. All events are free and open to the public.
MPTC Lunch n Learn
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 1 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. What is Fair Trade and how does it impact the lives of artisans and farmers in developing countries?
Fair Trade Film Showing “Connected by Coffee” An inspiring and thought-provoking look into the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink.
• UW-Fond du Lac Prairie Theater October 7 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 22 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•Marian University Stayer Center Amphitheater October 22 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet: Anak of Village Works
• Old Mill Plaza (Former Gift n Gab Coffee Shop) N7645 N. Peebles Lane, FDL October 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join Just Fare Market in welcoming Anak, an artisan from Village Works in Cambodia, visiting the U.S. on a special tour sponsored by SERRV.
Human Trafficking Presentation
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 29 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Human Trafficking Presentation featuring guest speaker Nancy Irizarry, Winnebago County Social Services Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center and Co-chair of the WI Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium
Jason Leffel, recently accepted the Fair Trade Town – Fond du Lac window sticker for the new Commonwealth Coffee Company & Deli signifying that this gem of a new downtown cafe not only has great food, but is offering customers Fair Trade certified coffee. Their coffee supplier, Stonecreek Coffee of Milwaukee carries a Fair Trade Dark Sumatra and Dark Rwanda which is now available at Commonwealth Coffee Company & Deli at 57 North Macy Street. Phil Shepherd, on the left, from the Fair Trade Town committee and the Downtown Partnership is pictured here with Jason showing packaged coffee for home brewing.
Jason, SVP of operations for Commonwealth indicated that as a company dedicated to making Fond du Lac a better place to live, Commonwealth was happy to be a part of the Fair Trade Town movement. Fair Trade as a grass-roots movement includes the farmer in the benefits of commerce through fair prices, fair and safe labor conditions, democratic and transparent organizations and environmental sustainability. Fair Trade rejects paying as little as possible
The Commonwealth Company & Deli believes in giving back to the community. Fair Trade widens the definition of community to the global producers of coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, bananas and avocados. Stop in and check it out yourself.
Kelly Braun has joined an army of modern day freedom fighters bringing awareness to the world wide problem of sex trafficking. She is selling an array of bags, purses, shirts, jewelry, scarves, blankets, and paper journals made by people rescued from the sex trade. Sales are offered in people’s homes and community awareness events.
Products come through Better Way Imports a certified B Corp, seeking to be the best FOR the world rather than the best in the world. Better Way Imports is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation, meaning that products are purchased for a good price, and that the partnering organizations get a good price for their products.
Contact Kelly to learn about hosting a home party or to participate in some other way.