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  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    December 6, 2012
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    I was nervous about my trip to the D.R. Congo. A war has raged there on and off for decades, and heightened violence and political unrest in 2012 has left more than 500,000 people internally displaced. There was a brief lull in the violence during the month of October, so I took the opportunity to go visit our producer partners at SOPACDI and then make the journey across Lake Kivu to visit the Panzi Hospital.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    December 6, 2012
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    Here are some holiday gift ideas that are tasty, affordable, and support small farmer co-ops worldwide.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    October 2, 2012
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    dark chocolate stackLooking for a late afternoon sweet craving? After dinner dessert? What if you could satisfy your sweet tooth guilt free, support small scale farmers AND actually be healthy. Is it possible? Equal Exchange has just the chocolate bar for you, in 9 alluring varieties.

  • Anonymous
    August 1, 2012
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    Kathy Zielinski of St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, shares how she and her congregation have supported small farmers for over 20 years with Equal Exchange. Many thanks to this amazing church for their years of partnership. See their Fair Trade website for more info. 
     

    20 Years of Justice

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    July 30, 2012
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    grilled local vegetablesThe sun is shining, grills are fired up, and local organic produce is abundant at food co-ops - all good signs that summer is in full swing.

  • Equal Exchange
    June 5, 2012

    Written by Linda Elliot, First Presbyterian in Charleston, West Virginia

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 4, 2012
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    Equal Exchange Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen took a coffee "Q Course" at the Coffee Quality Institute, then went through a two-year apprenticeship to become a Q Instructor so that she can teach the Q Course herself. She's one of 31 certified Q Instructors in the world.

  • Ruthie Oland
    June 4, 2012
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    Do you sometimes feel that school fundraisers are an assault on your health and wellness? It's hard to resist when a bright, young person hands you a catalog asking you to help raise money, even when it is full of candy loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, toxic candles, or bad-for-your-waistline frozen baked goods. But, there's good news. Today there are fundraisers that consider your health, the environment, and Fair Trade.

  • Mike Mowry
    April 3, 2012
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    In February I spent a week traveling around Ethiopia with representatives from other coffee companies as part of a Cupping Caravan. In two 15 passenger vans, top loaded with gas ranges, propane, and 5 gallon bottles of water, we spent the first few days cupping—the industry term for analyzing coffee—at various ECX field labs. ECX stands for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, which is the government agency responsible for grading all commodities produced in Ethiopia.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    April 2, 2012
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    SpringExerciseYou know spring is here when the colorful crocus start to sprout and there's still sunlight during the evening commute. Even though we experienced a mild winter here in New England, I am still feeling that yearly inner yearning to get outside now that spring is officially here.

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