Wed, May 11, 2016 - 2:29pm

New Troubles for Salvadoran Cashew Farmers

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 11, 2016

I’m on my way to El Salvador and Honduras to visit our cashew co-op partners. Sadly, we got word last week that “unseasonable” rains and winds have destroyed 75% of this year’s cashew crop and the co-op in Salvador (Aprainores) has had to shut down their processing plant after just two weeks; laying off the 60 or so women whose income depends on the plant. Instead of the 60,000 or so pounds of cashews that Aprainores was planning to export this year, they will export nothing.
Very sad indeed.

Thu, May 5, 2016 - 9:37am

A Fair Trade Story

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 5, 2016

In honor of World Fair Trade Day, our friends at the Fair World Project have created this excellent 4-minute video that tells the story of authentic fair trade:  what it’s about; why it’s important to support organized small farmer co-operatives; and how we, consumers-citizens, can begin to take back our food system.

Wed, Apr 27, 2016 - 6:40am

In the Trenches with Berta Caceres

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 27, 2016

On March 3, 2016, environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Berta was internationally recognized for her leadership in opposing a World Bank-financed dam project that would have devastated the lands where she and other indigenous Lenca people live.  In 2015, she  was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Thu, Apr 21, 2016 - 4:07pm

The Banana Supply Chain: And the Movement to Change It

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 21, 2016

On April 19th, WBEZ Chicago aired the following 19 minute radio interview about the conventional banana industry (owned and controlled by just a handful of multinational conglomerates like Dole and Chiquita) and the small farmer alternative which places small farmers, ethical retailers, and engaged consumers center stage in a growing movement.
One banana:  Two very different paths.  Which one do you choose?
The Banana Supply Chain And The Movement To Change It


April 19, 2016

Click here to hear the 19 minute radio broadcast.

Fri, Apr 15, 2016 - 11:10am

Beyond the Seal Nominated for a Real Food Film Award!

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 15, 2016

We are so excited to announce that Beyond the Seal has been nominated for a Real Food Film award.
The finalists of the contest will be judged in several categories, and one film will also be awarded the People’s Choice award. Watch a clipfrom Beyond the Seal and other food-based films, then cast your vote!

Beyond the Seal filmmakers Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa.

Thu, Apr 14, 2016 - 3:14pm

How to Pack & Distribute Student Orders

Emily Reers
April 14, 2016

Welcome to the last step of your school fundraiser! You’ve placed your master order, received your products and now: it’s time to pack and distribute orders to students. This may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Why not make it fun? Reserve a space, invite volunteers and bring your packing party supplies. Watch this short video to see how to efficiently set up your packing space, pack your orders in an organized way and get it all done while having fun. You’ll be glad you did!


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