Fair Trade is a way of doing business that ultimately aims to keep small farmers an active part of the world marketplace, and aims to empower consumers to make purchases that support their values. Fair Trade is a set of business practices voluntarily adopted by the producers and buyers of agricultural commodities and hand-made crafts that are designed to advance many economic, social and environmental goals, including:
- Raising and stabilizing the incomes of small-scale farmers, farm workers, and artisans
- More equitably distributing the economic gains, opportunities and risks associated with the production and sale of these goods
- Increasing the organizational and commercial capacities of producer groups
- Supporting democratically owned and controlled producer organizations
- Promoting labor rights and the right of workers to organize
- Promoting safe and sustainable farming methods and working conditions
- Connecting consumers and producers
- Increasing consumer awareness and engagement with issues affecting producers
We periodically sell Equal Exchange products after weekend Masses.
Enjoy our wonderful coffees, chocolates, and olive oil, as well as our new items including: semi-sweet and bitter-sweet chocolate bits; Tamari almonds; and dried mangos.
Thanks for supporting justice for the farmers, and as always, consider becoming a part of our distribution. If you need more information or miss the weekend sales, you can still fill an order; see someone in the parish office or call Marylou Tuchols at 860-647-0781.