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Alta Gracia at UVM

Wednesday, October 30, 7:30pm
University of Vermont Waterman Building Room 413

Come listen to the stories of workers from the Dominican Republic working for Alta Gracia Clothing and learn how getting treated with dignity can make a huge difference in the lives of the workers, their families and their communities. Alta Gracia makes clothing for hundreds of U.S colleges and universities.


Fair Trade Month Events in Burlington and Beyond

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The Fair Trade Burlington Network and the Peace & Justice Center are teaming up to celebrate Fair Trade Month. Join us for these great events!

Fair Trade Month at Saint Michael’s College

The Food for Thought & Fair Trade Committee at Saint Michael’s College is excited to kick off Fair Trade Month with an exciting week of events.

Sept 30 – Monday, Cheray 111, 7pm
Film Screening of China Blue

Oct 1 – Tuesday, Alliot Lobby, 11:30am-1pm
Fair Trade Meet and Greet with SMC Alum Sandy Wynne of the Burlington Fair Trade Network

FTUSAOct 2 – Wednesday, Alliot Lobby, 11am-1pm
Fair Trade Market – Vermont vendors with items from around the world!

Oct 3 – Thursday, St. Edmund’s Lobby, 8-10am
Fair Trade Coffee Hour with Green Up featuring Fair Trade Banana Bread!

Oct 4 – Friday, Alliot Lobby, 11:30am-1pm
“Fair Trade Freeze Frame” and Games – Photos, ice cream, and trivia with Food for Thought!

Fair Trade on Church Street!

Fridays, October 4th, 11th, and 25th from 11am to 2pm. Make a photo statement, sign petitions and take action for fair trade!

Don’t let Halloween be Scary!

Buy bulk fair trade chocolate from the Peace and Justice Store at 60 Lake Street in Burlington. Let’s make a difference this year.

UVM Fair Trade events…. more to come!

October is Fair Trade Month

Here in the US, October is Fair Trade Month. Fair Trade Burlington Network is working with Burlington Peace & Justice as well as with many awesome students and clubs on various college campuses to educate consumers about the Fair Trade movement as well as our focus on clothing and the textile industry as our FT Month project. Stay tuned for many exciting events and resources. We all wear clothing so hopefully we can get everyone to feel the issues related to our clothing matter.

Check us out on facebook too!

Please be sure to check out our facebook page at Fair Trade Burlington. Hope you all are having a Happy Fair Trade Day today!


Keeping updated on all things Fair Trade

One of our favorite sites to regularly check out is Fair Trade Resource Network. This is a wonderful place to learn all about the latest news and events happening around the country. Please consider donating to them as well. Every dollar counts. They are independent of any certifier or company and rely on all of us to keep them financially strong.


World Fair Trade Day! May 11, 2013

WFTD 2013 PosterWorld Fair Trade Day is a time to celebrate community, both here in Vermont and around the world. The Fair Trade Resource Network estimates that 100,000 people will participate this year in over 80 countries. We are part of a global movement for social justice and trade equality.

Burlington’s World Fair Trade Day Celebration is a collaboration between the Fair Trade Burlington Network and the Peace & Justice Center. Saturday, May 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, all are welcome to come to City Hall Park and celebrate this important day. Ben & Jerry’s will offer free scoops of their fair trade ice cream, you can enjoy delicious coffee, local fair trade vendors, children’s games, and a performance by Jeh Kulu.

Burlington, VT is the 12th Fair Trade Town in the U.S.A. Join us in celebrating our success as we commit to strengthening and deepening our commitment to Buy Fair! Buy Local!

For further information, please contact Fair Trade Burlington members:

Sandy Wynne –
Gaby Brenneman –
Melinda Haselton –

Fair Trade Artisan Visit

Angela Bailon at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School

We are so grateful to Angela Mercedes Bailon for taking the time to visit Vermont. Hearing her story was truly inspiring. It reminded us of what fair trade is all about: the producers, the farmers, the artisans.

She visited the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, spoke to classes at St. Michael’s College and Champlain College. She participated in a Fair Trade Cafe and Marketplace at St. Michael’s College, gave a presentation at the Peace & Justice Center and at Ten Thousand Villages. It is safe to say that each person she  met was touched by her story of hope.

Angela is a founding member of UPAVIM, (United for a Better Life), a fair trade artisan cooperative that was started to provide income and services to a struggling neighborhood in Guatemala City. The neighborhood, called Esparanza, (Hope), began as a slum with houses made of cardboard boxes. Thanks to UPAVIM, they now have a health clinic, day care, elementary school, bakery and artisan craft center. They stand as a powerful example of how fair trade can transform communities and fight poverty.

Fair Trade Cafe & Marketplace, St. Michael’s College:

Fair Trade Artisan Visits VT

UPAVIM Artisan

In honor of Fair Trade Month, Angela Mercedes Bailon, a fair trade artisan from Guatemala will come to Burlington, VT to share her story and educate our community about the importance of fair trade. She is the director of UPAVIM, a non-profit organization that works in the roughest part of Guatemala City to empower women and strengthen community. She is a pillar of strength within her organization and bears witness to the positive impact fair trade makes in the lives many families in her neighborhood. We are excited to offer two opportunities to come hear her speak.

Thursday , October 18th 11:45am – 1:15pm
Fair Trade Cafe & Market place at St. Michael’s College
1 Winooski Park Colchester, VT in Farrell Room in St. Edmund’s Hall
In February, St. Michael’s College became a Fair Trade University. In honor of Fair Trade Month, they are hosting a marketplace where guests can hear from Angela and meet local fair trade companies.

Friday, October 19th at 6:00 
PJC Presents Angela Mercedes Bailon
60 Lake St. Burlington, VT
The Peace & Justice Center will host this event in the gallery on the 2nd floor of their building. Angela will share her story and have time to discuss the impact of fair trade. Refreshments will be served.

The Fair Trade Artisan Visit was made possible through the efforts of several local businesses and organizations. Supporters include: The Peace & Justice Center, the Fair Trade Burlington Network, Hope for WomenSt. Michael’s CollegeTen Thousand Villages and Dolma Fair Trade.

VT’s 3rd Annual Forum on Fair Trade Business: Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

Saturday, September 29, 2012
4:00 – 6:00pm
Burlington City Hall, Contois Auditorium

How is it that in 2012 we can buy dolphin free tuna but not child free chocolate? We will discuss this issue and more at VT’s 3rd Annual Forum on Fair Trade Business, Saturday, September 29, 4:00-6:00pm in Contois Auditorium in Burlington. Co-sponsored by Fair Trade Burlington Network and the Peace and Justice Center our focus will be on the issue of abusive labor, especially child slave labor in the cocoa industry and the challenges of sourcing ethical cocoa for making those delicious chocolate treats we all enjoy.

The event will include a panel discussion with questions and answers, free samples, vendors, displays and more. Our goal is to raise questions, find solutions and celebrate the companies and organizations that choose a fair and just way of doing business.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cocoa Campaign

The Fair Trade Burlington Network is proud to launch our cocoa campaign,- aimed at raising awareness and increasing consumer demand for chocolate that is free of the worst forms of child labor. How is it that in 2012 we can buy dolphin free tuna but not child free chocolate?

Over the next few months, we are going to reach out to our community centers, co-ops, houses of worship, schools and universities to educate the Burlington area about the harsh realities of child labor in cocoa supply chains.

Learn more about our campaign…

Learn more about consumer action…

Learn more about retailer/bakery/restaurant action…

Stay tuned for regular updates and information. Contact us today to get involved:

Sandy Wynne –
Gaby Brenneman –
Melinda Haselton –
Therese Forsyth  – 

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