Commonwealth Coffee Company and Deli has joined the Fair Trade movement

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 SumatraIMG_4968[1] 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 with Better Way Imports selling Fair Trade to Fight Sex Trafficking


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.
Email: kelly.betterway@gmail.com/
Telephone:  920-904-6888

 

Fond du Lac Celebrates One Year as a Fair Trade Town

One year ago, Fond du Lac earned the designation “Fair Trade Town” – the 32nd in the nation and the third in Wisconsin, following Madison and Milwaukee. As a Fair Trade Town, Fond du Lac encourages its citizens to be conscientious consumes who advocate for the principles of Fair Trade. Fair Trade helps farmers and craftspeople in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities, providing fair wages, environmentally sound methods, and community improvement projects.

The Fair Trade Town designation is awarded by Fair Trade Towns USA, an organization that encourages communities to promote Fair Trade with businesses and organizations. To fulfill the requirements for the designation, Fond du Lac needed at least eight of these to sell or serve Fair Trade products. Today, Blue Goose Coffee House, Common Grounds Coffee Shop at Marian University, Festival Foods, Gallery and Frame Shop, Gift N’ Gab, Just Fare Market, Living Light Studio, Park Terrace at Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts Center, Solids Grounds Coffee Shops, and Village Market sell at least two Fair Trade items. Organizations serving Fair Trade products include Ascension Lutheran Church, Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Hope Lutheran Church, Holy Family Catholic Community, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Memorial Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes motherhouse.

A Steering Committee fulfills another requirement for the Fair Trade Towns designation. Currently, Carol Smith, Deb Drewsen, Kathy Leifer, Kathy Strong-Langolf, Margie Winter, Phil Shepherd, Sadie Parafiniuk, Joe Moore, Melissa Orth, and Ellen Swan serve on the Steering Committee. New members are always welcome.

Goals for 2014 include further community education, supporting existing businesses in growing their Fair Trade inventory, inviting more business participation, and celebrating Fair Trade events. World Fair Trade Day is held in early May and Fair Trade month is in October.

Fair Trade positively impacts developing countries throughout the world. In addition to providing fair wages, Fair Trade products are produced using environmentally sustainable materials and processes. A portion of the profit goes to the producer’s community where it is used for education, health care, and development projects.

For information on Fair Trade Town Fond du Lac, contact Ellen Swan at 920.904.4436.

October is World Fair Trade Month

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During Fair Trade Month, people across America come together to learn about, promote and celebrate Fair Trade.  Events in Fond du Lac include a Fair Trade Film Festival with movies scheduled on Wednesday, October 23 and Monday, October 28.  Both start at 6 p.m. in the McLean Room at Fond du Lac Public Library.  On October 23, Black Gold will be shown.  It focuses on coffee-growers and their struggle to earn a fcoffee_pickersair wage.  “You’ll never look at your cup of coffee in the same way” after seeing this film!
419b1pRLZHL._SY300_The Price of Sugar will be shown on Monday, October 28.  See how sugar production in the Dominican Republic started and how the gigantic plantations affect both people and land. Admission is free to both movies.

WINDOW DISPLAY AT THE GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP DURING FAIR TRADE MONTH

The  Gallery & Frame Shop at 94 S. Main St, Fond du Lac is showcasing Fair Trade products of brilliant colors and beautiful designs of during October 2013 –  Fair Trade Month.  Julie Balson, owner of Gallery & Frame Shop, said, “We’re proud to highlight Fair Trade products this month.  Fair Trade is important to everyone in its impact on the world economy and well-being of all people.”  Fair Trade products on display are available from the Gallery and Frame Shop, Just Fare Market, Old Mill Plaza,  N7645 N Peebles Lane, Living Light Studio, 314 4th Street and Village Market Specialty Foods,  806 S Main Street.IMG_0906

Fair Trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods. Fair trade is much more than just trade. At the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers that keeps all of the principles of Fair Trade at the forefront.IMG_0915IMG_0902