Local Businesses are Agents of Positive Change in the World

Be an Agent for Change is the 2016 theme for World Fair Trade Day. Initiated in 2001 by World Fair Trade Organization members, World Fair Trade Day is observed around the world this year on May 14. Fair Trade is an agent for change. It is a tangible solution to poverty eradication, a good tool for sustainable development, and importantly Fair Trade promotes social justice.  The Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town steering committee acknowledges local businesses that can be found throughout the community who make Fair Trade products available so that Fond du Lac area residents can also Be Agents of Change.IMG_5943

Just Fare Market, at the Old Mill Plaza in Peebles, will feature selected artisan work from the Americas, Asia and Africa/Middle East beginning on May 9 and the entire week before World Fair Trade Day. In store displays will include information about the artisan groups and the impact that Fair Trade has on the lives of the producers.
Customers who visit Just Fare on May 14 will receive a free Fair Trade gift with a purchase of $25 or more. Some of Just Fare’s products most popular with customers are olive oils from Palestine, Starfish Project jewelry from Southeast Asia, which is made by women who survived human trafficking and organic cotton and wool socks with the organic fibers sourced in Nicaragua, Peru and Argentina. The socks are manufactured in the US in states where the textile industry has disappeared. Just Fare is a fully committed Fair Trade store which reached out to other retailers to either begin selling at least two Fair Trade products or to let the community know about their Fair Trade products through being identified as a member of Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town. Fond du Lac met the requirements for the designation as the 32nd Fair Trade Town in the US in January of 2013.

Kyle Freund from Fair Trade America visited Terri at Urban FuelUrban Fuel Cafe, also located at Old Mill Plaza in Peebles, has registered for the World Fair Trade Challenge from May 13-15 with an aim to have the biggest Fair Trade coffee break on earth! Owner Terri Deanovich invites you to buy a cup of coffee and be counted in the number of cups of coffee consumed while being a supporter of Fair Trade family farmers and businesses that offer Fair Trade Coffee. Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager with Fair Trade America visited Urban Fuel recently.  His Madison office is also participating in the coffee break challenge. Urban Fuel is now the place to purchase Fair Trade wine. They are newly offering Six Hats certified Fair Trade wine from South Africa.

Festival Foods, at 1125 E Johnson continues of offer a wide variety of organic foods. Some of these foods also carry a Fair Trade Certification mark indicating fair prices, fair and safe labor conditions, direct trade, democratic and transparent organizations, community development and environmental sustainability.

Blue Goose Coffee House, at the Horicon Bank 854 E Johnson is managed by Mary Weishapple. She said that bank and coffee house employees “understand and believe in the mission of Fair Trade and are happy to be doing their part in supporting small scale coffee farmers.” The Blue Goose will offer samples of fair trade coffee on May 13 and 14 to introduce customers to fair trade offerings.

Common Grounds Coffee Shop at Marian University, 45 S National, reports they are proud to offer Fair Trade products and to take part in supporting Fair Trade at Sodexo on Marian University Campus. Letting others know about Fair Trade and talking to our students about its importance in our world makes a difference in our future.

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Living Light Studio, at 314 4th Street, a short drive from Marian University has a direct trading relationship with traditionally skilled pottery makers in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. Beginning in 2006, Howie Zanto, Liz Woodworth-Zanto and pottery partners Connie Ramthun and Bill Volkert traveled to Nicaragua to personally select the clay artwork and purchase the pieces directly from the artists. This relationship has helped the artisans in this little village greatly expand their market into the USA and beyond. This Fond du Lac team has found it gratifying to help preserve a cultural art form and know that the lives of the artisans have improved year after year as a result of this trading relationship.

Julie Balson, owner of Gallery and Frame Shop, LLC at 94 S Main Street, began offering some Fair Trade products in her store in support of Fond du Lac becoming a Fair Trade Town. She said “we were excited to get involved and stay involved because it has opened doors to welcoming international artists. We feature pottery from Mexico, steel drum art from Haiti, various types of metal art, and hand carved boxes. Pottery and metal art are some of our best selling items.” Julie, a wonderful supporter of many Fond du Lac initiatives, has lent her front window and talented window designer for displays of Fair Trade products in her expansive Main Street  windows during October, Fair Trade Month

Village Market Specialty Foods, located at 806 S Main Street, is known for a vast array of organic foods and personal care products.  A Fair Trade Certification label is frequently found on foods such as bananas, avocados, coffee, tea, chocolate and others that come from countries with a more temperate climate than the US. The Village Market produce manager has connected with wholesalers who consistently can supply the store with Fair Trade bananas, avocados in season, and other produce where the producer’s and growing and harvesting conditions are known. They also make an effort to find fairly traded personal care products like oils, popular grains like quinoa, and herbs or superfruits for supplements.  Authentic Fair Trade is like a global farmers market where conscious consumers are able to get information about the producers and be assured of a fair deal all around.

Old Pioneer Road Gift Shop at Fond du Lac’s Historic Galloway House and Village at 336 Old Pioneer Road began offering some Fair Trade products in the 2015 season. A limited selection of Fair Trade goods will continue to be offered, recognizing the progressive outlook of Fond du Lac as a Fair Trade Town. Executive Director, Kymberley Pekrul, reports that the gift shop has been designated by the Convention Bureau as the official Fond du Lac County souvenir site.  In addition the store offers a variety of local handcrafts and foods.
The Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Steering Committee invites the community to support these locally owned businesses especially during the week of May 9-14 in celebration of World Fair Trade Day.

Earth Day 2016

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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: http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/#sthash.hnGcW7V7.dpuf

Visit http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ 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: http://www.fdl.uwc.edu<http://www.fdl.uwc.edu>.

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 http://www.fdlpl.org.

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 – http://www.fdlhistory.com.