Fair Trade Farmer from Guatemala Visits Northampton/Amherst During Tour Through U.S.

LOCAL FAIR TRADE CAMPAIGN WELCOME MIGUEL MATEO AND MANOS CAMPESINAS
DURING THEIR TRAVELS.

What:
Miguel Mateo, works for a Fair Trade coffee cooperative in Guatemala, will stop in Amherst/Northampton on April 16th during a 10-day speaking tour with Manos Campesinas http://manoscampesinas.org/ , a Fair Trade, non-profit organization, and Fair Trade Towns USA http://fairtradetownsusa.org/ and Fair Trade Colleges and Universities http://www.fairtradeuniversities.org/ Northampton/Amherst are two stops during their trip through the Northeast United States. Other stops during his visit include Greenwich-CT, the Bronx-NY, Princeton-NJ, Bridgewater-MA and ending in Boston/Cambridge-MA. His trip is sponsored by Fair Trade Towns USA and Manos Campesinas.
Here is a recent, related New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/business/coffees-economics-rewritten-b...

When: Tuesday April 16th Noon-1pm
Where: Ten Thousand Villages – 82 Main St., Northampton

When: Tuesday April 16th 2:30-3:30
Where: Collective Copies 71 South Pleasant St., Amherst

Why: Fair Trade is a comprehensive approach to social, economic and environmental empowerment, and sustainability among farming communities in the developing world. Miguel's visit will give Amherst residents and students a deeper understanding of the workings and impact of Fair Trade.

Hosts:  Amherst Fair Trade Partnership and Pioneer Valley Local First are community based organizations created to promote (among other issues) the principles of Fair Trade to Pioneer Valley residents and students and to educate the public about the positive impact of conscious consumers.

Contact: Yuri Friman
413-687-1434
amherstfairtrade@earthlink.net