The FTF Conference & Expo is NEXT WEEK! On the road to Austin, join us to hear about special experiences planned for the FTF’s biggest gathering of the year.
25th Anniversary Celebration
We’re kicking things off by celebrating 25 years working together in the fair trade movement! The Fair Trade Federation traces its roots to the late 1970s when individual “alternative trade organizations” began holding yearly conferences to build a movement for their work. In 1994, the group incorporated formally as the North American Alternative Trade Organization (NAATO); and, the following year, changed its named to the Fair Trade Federation.
Since then, the trade association has grown to include 250 deeply committed fair trade businesses which hold a high standard of fair trade practice and lead efforts to expand markets for artisans and farmers around the world.
#MeToo in the Deukhuri Valley
After Aid Through Trade’s founder Damian Jones realized domestic violence is increasing among their artisan partners in Nepal, he developed the idea of empowering artisans to make and act in a film that would show how they felt about the rising violence.
Produced by a professional volunteer film crew, the film, which is not yet titled, was co-scripted and performed by women in their own village and will be toured in other villages this spring as a way to bring consciousness and conversation to the mostly ignored problem of domestic violence in their communities.
On Day 2 of the conference at 7:30pm, attendees have the opportunity to join Damian behind the scenes of production as he shows the rough cut of the 16 minute film. Before you arrive, we recommend reading journalist Peter Gill’s fascinating article about the process, as a tie-in to Damian’s Q&A.
Photo by: Damian Jones
Prepare to absorb all the information and experiences the FTF conference offers with morning yoga sessions on Day 2 and 3 from 7:00 to 7:45am. Lisa Feder will lead the Wednesday session and Leti Alvarez will lead on Thursday in the 4th floor Meeting Room in the hotel (located behind the elevator across from room 490). They are planning multi-level sessions; all are welcome! Bring a towel from your room or pack your own yoga mat.
Pictured at right: Jenn Pullin on the beach at Del Mar, CA during the 2015 FTF Conference & Expo.
We’re Drinking Organic
Fair trade tea, coffee, and snacks are the axis upon which FTF staff members, volunteers, and attendees turn during the week of the FTF Conference! All the delicious products we enjoy are donated by FTF member businesses in support of the entire FTF community. We’re so pleased to be drinking Café Campesino’s 100% fair trade, organic coffee for the first time, and to continue a long conference partnership with Equal Exchange, this year highlighting five of their organic teas.
Taste test and experience the aromas and colors of all the tea flavors available in Austin. Their organic ingredients are sourced from small-scale farmer co-ops in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. These teas are grown on farms without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides – farms that encourage biodiversity and prioritize democratic ownership by those who grow and pluck the tea leaves, spices, and herbs. Drink up and enjoy!
Fun Texas Fiesta
Austin, TX loves fair trade, and five local FTF member businesses are excited to welcome you to their home. Join Matr Boomie, Noonday Collection, Raven + Lily, Ten Thousand Villages Austin, and Tula Hats on Day 2 of the FTF Conference for a fiesta!
Choose dinner from complementary food trucks; enjoy music, dancing, and an evening to explore more of the city. Buses to/from the hotel are provided and will be arriving/departing every 30 minutes from 6-10pm on Wednesday.
See you in Austin!