I have just completed a full day of Tweeting "Day 3 of October Is Fair Trade Month" @Fairtrading, posting a new Fair Trade video on Facebook, and watching "Half The Sky" the two-part documentary by Nicholas Kristauf on pbs.org. It's been a day of hoping for better days for many people worldwide through the actions of many caring and courageous people.
Here's what's coming up for October at the World Village Fair Trade Market for Fair Trade Month. We are happy to invite you to an educational, but lively, in-store event on Friday, October 19th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. A NYC-based Fair Trade wholesale company will be venturing eastward to our store to talk about how Fair Trade is improving the lives of producers in several Asian countries. This company is Global Goods Partners, and they are working with 40 women-led cooperatives in 20 countries, so I'm sure there will be much to learn and discover. Before and after this event, there will be refreshments, Fair Trade beverages, live music, networking opportunities for those involved in many causes, and, of course, Fair Trade shopping!
If you haven't yet had a Fair Trade Experience, you will have one on October 19th. We hope you will join us for this enjoyable night. Invite a friend! If you've never tried Fair Trade chocolate, coffee or tea, this will be an opportunity to discover the rich flavors of how Fair Trade properly grown can taste. My husband is a daily decaf expresso drinker and has tried many of the typical expresso's out there in different shops. He tells me this is the richest and smoothest expresso he has had and is now completely committed to his Fair Trade expresso every morning. Speaking about Fair Trade coffee, on September 30th, I was invited to speak about and sell Fair Trade coffee and gifts at Stony Brook University's School of Leadership and Service event where they held the viewing of "Black Gold" the movie about Ethiopian coffee growers. An impressive 60 students attended this event and the Fellows of the School, three young, enthusiastic students, were well versed in Fair Trade. The Q&A revealed the depth of interest in Fair Trade on Stony Brook campus.
Did I mention Halloween? There is a quote I like from Global Exchange, "Is your chocolate more scarey than your costume?" This statement is about the chocolate industry with its many child laborers, forced to pick the cacoa in the fields with little or no wage. If your chocolate company doesn't say "Fair Trade", then it's not Fair Trade. Fair Trade eliminates all child labor, and many other harmful policies and chemicals. Why not buy your chocolate from us this Halloween and feel the joy in knowing you promoted a fair, safe and healthy supply chain?
In the coming two months, World Village Fair Trade Market will be busy unpacking new products for the busiest retail time of year. As many of our readers know, we are all volunteers and most of the volunteers in the store have worked there for at least seven years. In this busy time, we would love to have extra hands to help us, so if you're looking for a way to be part of a team that is making a big difference in the lives of artisans and producer groups worldwide, we'd love to have you with us. One of the projects we need help with most is doing our offsite sales tables in different locations if you want to be mobile and help, just contact us at 631-728-7880 and ask for Eileen or Pattye. Possibly you know a school, church or business that would like to have a table sale which would help to support us? There's no limit to what we can do together!