• Wood-carvers of Oaxaca
  • Roasted Banana Trifle

WELCOME to the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative

WELCOME to Mankato - the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota (declared October 24, 2011)! - and to the work of the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative.

MAFTTI has, since June 2009, promoted Fair Trade in our part of the Minnesota River Valley, about 83 miles south-west of the Twin Cities. Our main focus has been on the major retail center of Mankato (40,000). MAFTTI also tries to engage those interested in Fair Trade in North Mankato (13,000) andSt.Peter (11,000).

AUGUST

Bristol FTT Conference, 2015

For many August is a time of traveling on vacation or seeing relations elsewhere, or both. It's not a great time for Fair Trade campaigning.

It is a time, though, to begin to capitalize on the International Fair Trade Towns Conference that took place in England, July 4-5. MAFTTI Chair Paul Renshaw and everyone else agreed that it had been the best ever. This means that resources for use in the Fair Trade network around the world were generated by the conference and its organizers.

Some of these will be introduced to the MAFTTI network when the August Newsletter is published. There will be plenty of food for thought - for Fair Traders, green enthusiasts and others concerned with developing a holistic approach to Sustainability.

How Green is Fair Trade?  You might be interested in this, even if it is a bit British.

JULY

The North Mankato Fun Days Parade  came and went - on July 11- its 50th Anniversary.

MAFTTI was there again, as you see.  More pictures on Facebook.

MAFTTI FloatFloating education

 

 

Fair Trade is COOL

'Carmen Miranda' - Samantha Scholl

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE

JUNE 4 - 7:00p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E Main Street, Mankato.

"Connected by Coffee"

60-65 people came to Grace Lutheran Church, Mankato for an evening focused on coffee production in Chiapas. Tamika Bertram and Helena Shanks, guests from River Rock Coffee, St.Peter, spoke of their personal experiences visiting Maya Vinic Cooperative in Acteal, Chiapas, which featured in the film segment that started off the program. There was much talk about going BEYOND FAIR TRADE in the fight to combat poverty, an example being the Chiapas Water Project supported by River Rock Coffee.

Chiapas event, June 4, 2015

Maya Vinic logo

More pictures on Facebook

 




Watch this space for MAFTTI's special focus on GUATEMALA in October, again using the "Connected by Coffee" film and the personal knowledge of Mankato area residents. As with the Chiapas event, the evening will finish with desserts from the region.

MAY

 WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

Here are some pictures of what happened in Mankato on May 9 - more on Facebook.

FT Coffee Sampling at Cub East

 FT Coffee Sampling at Hilltop Hy-Vee

 

 

 


Coffee display board, Coffee Hag, WFTD 2105B&N books, 2015

 

 

 

 

 APRIL

Sunday, April 12 - 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.      

Mankato Area International Festival  - MSU Centennial Student UnionMAIF 2014 - Owen Levitt

Look for MAFTTI's table - all ages welcome!

Pictures from the 2015 International Festival here.

MARCH

This month MAFTTI is starting to focus attention once again on COFFEE. Even non-coffee drinkers can be concerned about the continuing struggle against poverty of some 25m. coffee farmers. The Fair Trade system can't fix everything, but it does make a contribution.

MAFTTI is encouraging the showing of a new film about Fair Trade coffee during this year and has distributed a number of copies in the community. You can catch a glimpse of its message here.

At 2:00p.m. on Saturday, March 28, the film will be shown in the Conference Room at Blue Earth County Library, Mankato. Admission will be free - but there will only be room for about 20.

FEBRUARY

VALENTINE'S DAY AGAIN

Looking for chocolate?
What about these?  Find them at the
St. Peter Food Co-op
Click on each logo

Theo Chocolate

Equal Exchange

 

Green & Black's Chocolate

 

 

Divine Chocoate

2015

Here it is - another New Year and more opportunities (and need)
to help the Fair Trade movement grow.

Thanks for your interest and commitment in the past.

BIG NEWS!

On January 12  MAFTTI launched a Newsletter for the first time.
On the right you will see where to click on.
We hope you'll subscribe.

Please look also at our Facebook page too.
Look for the 2014 report from Equal Exchange,
one of the key Fair Trade organizations in the USA.

Why not also refresh your minds about what Fair Trade means
to farmers and artisans in the Global South?
Our Links page awaits you!

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FAIR TRADE BAZAARS AT LOCAL CHURCHES

St. John the Baptist
Catholic Church

October 18
October  25
9:00-11:00a.m.
6:00-8:00p.m.
(Parish Chicken Dinner)
Bethlehem LutheranNovember 510:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
(Nordic Bazaar)
First PresbyterianNovember 2311:00-----
First Congregational/UCCDecember  7
December 14
10:30a.m.-
12 noon

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OCTOBER

HALLOWEEN HERALDS THE END OF FAIR TRADE MONTH

MAFTTI HAS APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY OF
PLACING FAIR TRADE EXHIBITS IN THE LIBRARIES
IN MANKATO AND NORTH MANKATO

ON OCTOBER 31, COPIES OF KELSEY TIMMERMAN'S
TWO BOOKS WERE PRESENTED TO THE LIBRARIANS -
TIM HAYES (BLUE EARTH COUNTY) AND
LUCY LOWRY (TAYLOR) -
BY PAUL RENSHAW (MAFTTI CHAIR)

BECL - Tim Hayes &Paul RenshawTaylor Library - Lucy Lowry & Paul Renshaw

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 1 - FAIR TRADE MONTH IS HERE AGAIN
WHAT A WAY TO START!

SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME AT GOOD COUNSEL
HAVE ISSUED
A DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT TO FAIR TRADE

THIS WILL GOVERN THE COMMUNITY'S POLICY
ABOUT THE USE OF FAIR TRADE ITEMS
IN FOOD SERVICE AND HOSPITALITY
AND DEMONSTRATES
HOW THE SISTERS UNDERSTAND FAIR TRADE
TO BE IN LINE WITH CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

This picture features Good Counsel and MAFTTI leadership
with a special commemorative certificate

Good Counsel FT Declaration 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

A STAGGERING 145 PEOPLE ATTENDED AND ENJOYED
THE FAIR TRADE FASHION SHOW
AND
THE ENERGIZING PRESENTATION BY KELSEY TIMMERMAN.

Fashion Show, September 11, 2014

Fair Trade models with organizer Margo Druschel (r)
and Kelsey Timmerman (center, back)

Dresses from Mata Traders, sportswear from Alta Gracia

HUGE THANKS TO ALL INVOLVED

More pictures on Facebook

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JULY 12, 2014

NORTH MANKATO FUN DAYS PARADE

CARMEN MIRANDA RODE AGAIN

North Mankato Fun Days Parade 2014

 

5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

FOCUS ON PERU

JUNE 10, 2014, 7:00P.M.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH/UCC
150 STADIUM COURT, MANKATO.

GUEST SPEAKER: JOYCE BUCKLIN
(TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, MOUNTAIN LAKE)
PLUS PERUVIAN DESSERTS & PERUVIAN FAIR TRADE HANDCRAFTS


Peruvian dessertsFeta cheese stuffed dates

 

 

 

Ponytail holderLittle bird gourd

\ Finger puppets