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.
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 represented
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 Gift 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.fdlpl.org.
The 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.
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.