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.

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 http://www.fdlpl.org.

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.

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

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.