Connected by Coffee documentary showing March 28

How did your triple-shot latte get from Central America to your lips? Find out at the showing of “Connected By Coffee,” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.Director of operations and head roaster. Las Marias not only supplies our local fair trade roasters with high quality, organic green beans, but they also take it from coffee cherry to cup by procLas Marias not only supplies our local fair trade roasters with high quality, organic green beans, but they also take it from coffee cherry to cup by processing, drying, roasting and brewing righ
The documentary film, called an “eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the real world of coffee” by Video Librarian Magazine, follows two North American coffee roasters on a 1,000-mile journey of discovery across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. They listened to the people who grew their coffee. They met soldiers-turned-growers, powerful women who took control of their destinies through coffee and countless small-scale farmers joined in cooperatives.304105_463128587087535_1314130020_n
Viewers will learn about the basics of fair trade, cooperatives, social justice, shade grown/organic and coffee rust. The film invites the viewer to make conscious purchasing decisions and to learn more, get involved and take action.Jose Alejandro Romero explains the coffee seedling project at Las Marias to Matt.Drying coffee beans in the sun at CCDA co-op in Sololá, Guatemala (2)
The film is presented by the Just Fare Market Education Committee and Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Steering Committee. Members will be on hand to introduce the film and facilitate a short Q&A. Refreshments (including coffee, of course) will be served.
The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are three locations: Main Library, 32 Sheboygan St.; FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods; and Journeys at St. Agnes, inside the hospital. For more information, visit

Human Trafficking Awareness

stop slaveryThe public is invited to a presentation entitled “What Is Human Trafficking? Do I Support It without Knowing It?” on Saturday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m., in the McLane Meeting Room of the Fond du Lac Public Library. The presenter will be by Nancy Irizarry, Co-Chair Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium.
The presentation is sponsored by the Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Steering Committee and is planned in support of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. Although it is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and work towards global awareness.
Locally, on December 10, 2014, the Fond du Lac City Council issued a proclamation against Human Trafficking acknowledging awareness of this scourge on humanity and that it is not to be tolerated in our community.
Area residents have this opportunity to become informed about the problem and what they can do to help prevent it in our community and worldwide.

Samples of Fair Trade coffee and hot chocolate will be available for tasting.

Connected by Fair Trade – October is Fair Trade Month!

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

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.
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


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.


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