Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In
The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-in and Expo was first held in 2005 and brings people of all ages together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting fair trade – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism. This year, the event will feature speakers focused on changing the banana industry to be empowering to local farmers and communities.
The educational component of the event will feature three speakers that will be speaking about how the fair trade movement is changing the banana industry. Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA Fruit Company, a 100% fair trade fruit importer. She is proud to be part of that model in fresh produce by promoting the connection between small farmers in Latin America and consumers in the United States. Katherine Nagasawa is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She will be showing clips of her web documentary, Beyond The Seal, about fair trade bananas and the people behind the movement to change the banana industry. Dan Koeppel is an author and columnist. His second book, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World was released in 2007.
The 13th Annual Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo is bringing people together from across Ohio and neighboring states, on October 20 at John Carroll University, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is a great place to introduce yourself to fair trade, social justice issues and meet likeminded neighbors and businessesUse this link to reserve your space at the FREE event. For more information visit www.ohiofairtrade.com
Rachel is a fair trade advocate & vendor. She is a member of the Ohio Fair Trade Network and has traveled to several countries to meet her artisan partners.