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Events around the Pacific NW for Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month and we are gearing up for a number of fair trade events here in the Pacific Northwest. Here is a list of some of the up-coming events and ways you can get involved:

October 23rd 9am-5:30pm

Supporting Local Independent Cooperatives Everywhere (SLICE)
Seattle Central Community College
Join WFTC member groups Central Co-op, Community to Community, and panelist WFTC’s Kristen Beifus for a day focused on the energy of co-ops. Get skills, get connected and more importantly get excited about the power of co-ops and how we all have a role to play.
For tickets or more information:

October 23rd& 24th
Northwest Chocolate Festival
Seattle Center, NW Rooms
1st and Republican,
Join WFTC and Fair Trade Seattle for lively discussions on fair trade chocolate and policy at the NW Chocolate Festival. The festival will stimulate your taste buds with dance, music, chocolate tasting from around the world, and cooking classes with great local chefs, chocolatiers, and candymakers. There will be demos in chocolate, advanced and home chef classes, bean-to-bar workshops, origin slideshows, educational lectures, tasting and Keynote Panels featuring voices from the chocolate world. A portion of the proceeds will go to WFTC member Seattle Tilth as well as PCC Farmland Trust.
For more tickets and information visit:

Reverse Trick or Treating with Global Exchange
Learn more: Join hundreds of people across the country who will be passing out fair trade chocolate and an info sheet about why fair trade at their doors this Halloween!

November 5th-7th
SweatFree Communities Summit In Olympia, WA!
SweatFree NW is proudly hosting the 7th Annual SweatFree Communities Summit!! Our Building on years of sweatfree organizing in Olympia and this summer’s sweatfree policy victory in Seattle, SweatFree Now Sweatfree Northwest is taking the campaign to the state! The National SweatFree Summit will include workshops for new organizers and experienced campaigners alike. Register today!
For more information visit:

Stay tuned for more information about this amazing event! If you live in the Pacific Northwest and are interested in volunteering for the event please contact

September 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

Largest North American Fair Trade Conference Activates ‘Solutionaires’

Washington DC (September 17, 2010) – From September 10-12, 2010, Marigold Fair Trade attended the Fair Trade Futures Conference which brought  together 762 entrepreneurs, students, advocates, artisans, farmers, faith community members, and concerned citizens from five continents for the largest Fair Trade event in North American history.

Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange, called for participants to be “solutionaires, not revolutionaries,” seeking collaborative ways to address global challenges. From the perspective of farmers and artisans, Santiago Paz of CEPICAFE coffee cooperative, Gaston Vizcarra of Candela Peru, Philomena Mashaka of the Teenage Mothers and Girls Association of Kenya, and Esther Gyepi-Garbrah of Global Mamas Ghana described the ways in which Fair Trade has combated poverty in their communities and the need for continued improvement and growth.

The Quincy, MA conference, held at the LEED-certified Marriott Hotel, provided a forum where Fair Trade-minded individuals could learn how to advance the Fair Trade movement in North America.  Attendees participated in dozens of workshops, debates, discussions, and ocial activities centered on Fair Trade’s holistic approach to business and poverty alleviation.

A marketplace of 75 Fair Trade vendors generated thousands of dollars in sales of handmade and agricultural items in just four and a half hours. “We [had] more …sales at this conference than during four days [at some trade shows],” says Megy Karydes of World Shoppe. “But, besides the hard dollar figures, I can’t put a figure on the conversations I had with retailers and consumers… They wanted to hear the stories and learn more about the product firsthand.”

At the end of the event, participants pledged to follow up on their conference experience with actions in their communities, including hundreds of commitments to campaign for Fair Trade on the local level, start Fair Trade businesses, and bring more Fair Trade to schools and community organizations. Michael Zelmer, Communications Director at TransFair Canada, reflected that “the conference was an incredible opportunity to come together as a community and find common ground to move forward together.”

The 2010 conference was made possible through the generous contributions of many sponsors and supporters, including Catholic Relief ServicesCooperative CoffeesEqual Exchange, the Fair Trade Federation, the Fair Trade Resource NetworkGlobal CraftsGreen AmericaHandmade Expressions, the Presbyterian Church of the United StatesSERRV InternationalTen Thousand Villages Canada, and Ten Thousand Village USA.

Find out more about the Fair Trade Futures conference. See images online.

September 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Conference Giveaway: WIN a fair trade, organic reversible bag THIS WEEKEND ONLY

We are happy to announce this giveaway in celebration of our fifth year attending the Fair Trade Futures Conference! This year’s event will be held in Boston, MA, THIS COMING WEEKEND, September 10-12, 2010 and you can find Marigold (and our fun and friendly representative Xela) at the Fair Trade Marketplace.


One lucky winner will receive a FREE beautiful handmade reversible bag! Available in fuchsia rose, plum floral or turquoise, these completely reversible bags will serve you well as a purse, grocery tote, school bag, and more! (That’s Xela in the picture!)


  • We will choose our favorite tweet/Facebook update and that person will be declared the winner. Creativity counts!
  • The winner will receive a direct Facebook/Twitter message about how to collect the prize
  • Entries must be received by 8:00pm EST on Saturday September 11, 2010
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received


  1. Come to the Fair Trade Marketplace (an expo and shop of 70+ vendors) which is FREE and open to the public:
    • Friday September 10th: 8:30pm-10:00pm
    • Saturday September 11th: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  2. Find and follow us online:
  3. Tell the world why you love Marigold Fair Trade Clothing with one (or both!) of the following:
    • Facebook: In your update, you MUST mention BOTH @Marigold Fair Trade and @Fair Trade Futures Conference
    • Twitter: In your tweet, you MUST mention BOTH @MarigoldFT and @FTImpact
  4. Stop by the Marigold booth to meet Xela and show her your tweet/update. Give her your full name and email address and we will make sure you are entered! (While you are there make sure to check out all of our fantastic fair trade, organic clothes and housewares for sale!)
  5. Have fun and good luck!


Marigold works with a co-op of over 300 women from the slums of Mumbai, India and an association of 500 organic cotton farmers to make fashionable fair trade clothes and household items. Our beautiful line of products are vegetable-dyed and hand block printed or organic. Your purchase helps a disadvantaged woman make herself more economically self-sufficient and supports organic farming.

Hand block printing is an age-old artisan tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you clothing that is a work of art created by hand.

Marigold is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America. We are also proud members of the South Sound Clean Clothes campaign- a coalition of concerned citizens raising awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices and Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

September 9, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

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