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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    March 20, 2012
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    It's a Friday morning at Equal Exchange and one day short of the official start of Spring. A truck backs into one of our loading docks. But it's not here to take away boxes of Equal Exchange products. It’s here to pick up chaff.

  • Mike Mowry
    February 12, 2012
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    Mike Mowry, Coffee Quality Coordinator, and Beth Ann Caspersen, Quality Control Manager, are in Ethiopia for two weeks. Here Mike talks week one and gives us an overview of what's still to come for the two travelers.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    February 6, 2012

    You may have heard about food co-op general managers, employees, church members, or Equal Exchange staff making the trek down to the places where coffee, tea and cocoa are grown. In October of 2011, Equal Exchange took our first delegation to see a very different product: bananas!

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