Ten years ago, Equal Exchange brought a group of food co-op and natural food store representatives to visit CEPICAFE, one of our small farmer coffee co-op partners in northern Peru. We stayed four days and nights living and working along side the coffee farmers, “helping” them with the harvest. One of my most fond memories was during lunch following that first full morning (ie 4 hours) picking coffee. We had had a lot of fun, laughing, singing, and telling jokes with the farmers, while they tried to teach us their techniques. But truth be told, the work is back-breaking, the hike to the farms was exhausting, and the sun was hot.
Reblogged from Somos Estrellas - 31 ways you can support co-ops throughout the month of October.
Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for chocolate sales in the U.S.
Did you know that most mainstream chocolate comes from cacao plantations in West Africa, where forced child labor has been documented? This October, choose Fair Trade! Equal Exchange sources cacao fairly from small farmer co-operatives.
Here are ways you can get involved:
Plant a virtual tree and we'll plant a real one at CONACADO Co-op in the Dominican Republic. Help us get to 10,000 trees!
Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating.
Increase your impact when you sell fairly traded coffee, foods, and crafts for the holidays.
Enter to win $200 in Equal Exchange chocolate products by joining our Fair Trade Bake Off. Happy pinning!
We're celebrating Co-op Month by introducing Bird of Paradise, a limited reserve, single origin coffee from Mexico. We are offering you and a plus one the chance to win a unique coffee travel adventure. Enter now!