students learning about fair trade

Did you know Moraine Park is a Fair Trade College?  Actually we are the first Fair Trade technical college in the U.S.  Go MPTC!  In May, 2017 we celebrated 2 years as a fair trade college!

October is Fair Trade month!  On October 9 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. in all three MPTC cafeterias, stop at the Fair Trade display table to learn more and have a delicious sample of Fair Trade chocolate and sign up to win a Fair Trade raffle prize!

What is Fair Trade?

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Fair trade supports farmers and artisans in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods. Fair Trade is about making a tremendous impact on artisan and farmer communities while offering great products to the public all around the world.

Fair Trade certification promises a high degree of standards including quality products, just compensation for producers, environmentally sustainable practices, safe and empowering working conditions, no child labor, no human trafficking and more.

Fairly traded clothing, coffee, food, furniture, home decor, housewares, jewelry, tea, toys, personal accessories, and many other products are available from Fair Trade Organizations. At all three MPTC campuses, our bookstores carry Divine Chocolate and Cards from Africa and Alta Gracia t-shirts. Our three cafeterias offer Fair Trade coffee!

MPTC collaborates with several other area organizations supporting and educating others about Fair Trade such as Fond du Lac Fair Trade TownsJust Fare Market, and UW Oshkosh Fair Trade College.  Very soon our neighbor, UW Fond du Lac will also become a Fair Trade College!

October is Fair Trade month!  On October 9 from 11:30-12:30 in all 3 MPTC cafeterias, stop at the Fair Trade display table to learn more and have a delicious sample of Fair Trade chocolate and sign up to win a Fair Trade raffle prize!

Anne Lemke
Written by Anne Lemke
TACT Grant Manager