Earth Day 2016


Forty-six years ago, on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was inaugurated  with “a national teach-in on the environment” by founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.  This April 20-24, 2016, educational opportunities continue in Fond du Lac and Oshkosh.  The public is invited to the following Earth Day events:

Wed. April 20th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Moraine Park Technical College, Room A112
Showing of Small Farmers Cool the Planet.  Just Fare Market will also host a sale of earth-friendly items.

Wed. April 20th, 7-9pm, UW-Oshkosh, Reeve 204.  Showing of Connected by Coffee.  Discussion will be led by Matt Earley from Just Coffee.

Thurs. April 21st, 12:45 – 2:10 pm, Marian University, Sadoff Science Hall, Rm. S100.
The public is invited to join Environmental Science students and faculty for a viewing of the 17 minute documentary Small-Scale Farmers Cool The Planet followed by a panel discussion with local small-scale CSA farmers.

Sun. April 24th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Earth Week Fair at the Sisters of St. Agnes Founders Hall, St. Agnes Convent, 320 County Rd K.  The open house will include tours of the recently installed 880 solar energy panels, and an opportunity to visit displays promoting sustainable living.  Just Fare will have a booth.

The first Earth Day was soon followed by the passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. – See more at:

Visit to learn about Billion Actions of Green that individuals can take to be good stewards of the earth and make every day earth day.





Community invited to view screening of “I Am A Girl” documentary on March 15 at UW-Fond du Lac

i-am-a-girl-poster-file-edited2There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on Earth. Just Fare Market, Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town and UW-Fond du Lac are collaborating to offer an inspirational feature length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century.

The community is invited to a free screening of “I Am A Girl, ” 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in UC-113/114 at UW-Fond du Lac, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac.

Excerpts from the film will be shown during the hour which will also include time for brief discussion. This feature-length documentary examines what it means to grow up female in the world today. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town is partnering with UW-Fond du Lac Professor Paisley Harris and students in her Introduction to Women’s Studies class to present this 2013 documentary by Australian filmmaker Rebecca Barry.

“This film gives us a look into the lives of girls around the world who face horrifying discrimination through an up close portrait of the lives of several girls,” said Harris. “One girl is attending school in Afghanistan despite threats of violence; another has been forced into a life of sexual slavery in Cambodia. Yet despite the enormous obstacles shown, the movie also offers portraits of amazing perseverance.”

Harris and Setter, UW-Oshkosh emeritus psychology lecturer, will select scenes from the film to be shown during this screening.

“Our discussion will raise awareness of the discrimination girls face, but will also suggest ways that the attendees can help to bring positive change,” said Harris.

“I Am A Girl” takes the audience through diverse cultures and societies around the globe including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, United States and Australia.

For more information call Carol Smith at (920) 924-6034, visit the Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Facebook page or the UW-Fond du Lac website:<>.

Human Trafficking Awareness Up-date

Recent arrests in Fond du Lac have brought awareness of the monstrous crime of human trafficking and the issues that surround it to our community. A program that will focus on the problem and solutions, “Human Trafficking Awareness” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.trafficking Jan 2016_11x17jpg_Page1

Presenter Nancy Irizarry will focus on the issue in our area and explain how anyone can be targeted for slavery. She’ll discuss what the community can do to be aware, be educated and to help. She also will discuss how a global emphasis on fair trade plays a role in trafficking prevention.

Irizarry is chair of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium and a member of the statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She has presented programs on this issue from both local and state perspectives and is experienced in providing education and strategic planning in response to the issue.

The program is sponsored by Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town, Just Fare Market and the Fond du Lac Public Library. For more information about Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town or Just Fare Market, contact Carol Smith at 920-924-6034.

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 two locations: the Main Library downtown at 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express near Festival Foods at Highways 23 and 151. For more information, visit

Join us in Celebrating Fair Trade Month in Fond du Lac this October 2015

Join us in Celebrating Fair Trade Month in Fond du Lac this October 2015

Some ways you can participate:fair trade month poster

October 1-16 Fair Trade Crawl
*Pick up a Passport at one of the Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Retailers
*Find the featured product/producer in at least 5 of the businesses
*Turn in your passport to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate or gift package by October 16.

MPTC Lunch and Learn, October 7 11:30-12:30 Moraine Park Technical College-FDL Campus, Room O103. Declaration as Fair Trade College. Featured Speaker, Serena Sato, Marketing Director SERRV International “Fair Trade, How do I Know it’s Fair?”

Display of Fair Trade Artisan Work during the month of October at Share Fine Art Galleries, 228 S Military Rd, Fond du Lac. Hours: Thurs-Sat 1:00-8:00 p.m., Sun 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Window Display Fair Trade Products during the month of October from Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Stores shown in the Gallery and Frame Shop window, 94 S Main St, Fond du Lac.

Tour the Town Art Walk, October 16 5:00-8:00 p.m. Just Fare Nativities featured at Gallery and Frame Shop along with coffee and chocolate tasting and sale.

MPTC Lunch and Learn,October 21 11:30-12:30 Moraine Park Technical College FDL Campus, Room A112 Featured Speaker, Kathleen Stetter, “Shedding light on the Dark Side of Chocolate”.

Just B-Still – Massage Studio and Green Cafe joins Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town

Just B-Still – Massage Studio and Green Cafe was recognized on July 30, 2015, as a member of Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town. The occasion was their one year anniversary open house, inviting the community in to learn more about this unique little jewel of a business at 1211 Rickmeyer Dr, behind the Shell Station on hwy 23 and Rolling Meadows Drive. According to owner, Ann Sinisi, among the values that are behind the Green Cafe coming into being are using seasonal, local, organic or chemical free and unprocessed ingredients whenever possible.

L to R: Arianna, Naomi, Amy, Mary, Ann Sinisi Owner, Jenny.

L to R: Arianna, Naomi, Amy, Mary, Ann Sinisi Owner, Jenny.

Fair Trade products share the values of sustainability and support for small scale farmers.   Fair Trade spices and cocoa are purchased from a Iowa company called Frontier which has an almost 40 year history as a worker owned cooperative supplying herbs and spices to natural food retailers.
You can enjoy Bhakti Chai sourced from India, a Fair-Trade Certified black tea, craft-brewed with fresh pressed organic ginger and fiery spices for a Chai that energizes the spirit.

Wholesome, the nation’s leading provider of sustainable, environmentally and ethically responsible, sweeteners and is where Just B Still sources Light Brown Organic Sugar. Farmers are paid above market prices and receive a premium which the co-op decides democratically how it will be used..thus improving the living conditions for the whole community.
In Paraguay, Some of the first uses of the premium were to purchase trucks owned jointly by the coop – allowing the harvested sugar cane to be transported to the processing plant in a timely manner.  Other uses are providing schooling for the children, purchasing an ambulance to transport community members to the hospital when needed and developing a radio station as a way of communicating information needed by the farming community.

When farmers experience this kind of support not only do they have hope for a future where life will be better now but also for their children and grandchildren. Their care for mother earth is strengthened as it is recognized as critical to their livelihood. They are strong advocates of sustainable agricultural growing practices that enrich the land for the crops of the future rather than deplete it and ultimately this helps conserve the health of the planet.
Fair Trade has a shorter more direct trading chain composed of the farmer/coop, wholesaler, and retailer. Customers of course are necessary to complete the trading chain. The customer benefits by being able to enjoy a quality and safe product. This comes full circle for those concerned about a better and more just way to be a part of the human family. When supporting Fair Trade and Just B-Still  conscious consumers can feel that they are playing a small but important part in building a just and peaceful world.

Old Pioneer Road Gift Shop to include Fair Trade Products

The newly reimagined Old Pioneer Road Gift Shop at the Historic Galloway House and Village has become the newest member of Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town. The executive director Mary Patricia Voell and a staff of volunteers have worked through the winter and spring to bring new products and a new look to the shop.IMG_5865

A wide variety of local art and other locally produced products join a lovely selection of Fair Trade goods. Summer travelers can find a variety of unique journals for recording memories of travel adventures as well as gifts to take home such as inexpensive coin purses, folk instruments and hats for kids and gentlemen. Local visitors should check out the asymmetrical tagua and coconut jewelry, hamper style baskets, gourd bird houses, puzzle boxes with secret compartments and batik cloth napkins. Products from diverse countries of Ecuador, India and Sri Lanka are representedIMG_5856IMG_5861

Fair trade means sustainability in use of materials as well as standards of production. Fair trade means mutually beneficial relationships between the individuals making the products and Fond du Lac shoppers. Fair trade means long-term trade partnerships that contribute in a positive way to a more economically just world through international commerce. Fond du Lac – Proud to be a Fair Trade Town is a member of Fair Trade Towns USA, a network of towns, cities and other municipalities demonstrating commitment to the principles of Fair Trade. Fond du Lac became the 32nd Fair Trade Town in the United States after completing the requirements of Fair Trade Towns and by resolution of the Fond du Lac City Council in January 2013.

The Old Pioneer Road IMG_5860Gift Shop is located at 336 Old Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac in the gem of Fond du Lac history, the Galloway House and Village. Check the website for hours and special events –

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, 2015, 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.