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Friday, August 09, 2019
12:00 am ET

NOFA Domestic Fair Trade Gathering

We invite you to join us on August 9 in Amherst, Mass for this summer’s fifth annual northeast gathering on domestic fair trade—see first attachment!                                                                                                                                                                            Domestic fair trade movement has historically realized that change and solidarity have to extend beyond one’s sector, seeking out allied organizations and movements. With this construct in mind, we seek your active voice in this year’s fifth consecutive northeast gathering on domestic fair trade.
How does your work & activism shift one singular sector conversation into a broader regional or national fellowship conversation & movement? We want to learn from each other and explore possibilities for further collaboration & networking. Telling your story and listening to others will contribute to an engaged & productive afternoon.
If you are interested in actively participating in this year’s gathering & are prepared to be concise so that we can hear a lot of voices, here is what we request:
We will provide the opportunity for 10 -12 attendees to make presentations describing and emphasizing some of the singular ways your work/your organization expresses its commitment to one/two of the principles of domestic fair trade as enumerated in the DFTA List of Principles (see attached—a Spanish version is available upon request). What synergy of principles particularly resonates in your work; which ones do you view as values and not just as standards offering/providing the unique opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change? Your contributions, so structured, will be of important and singular significance and we are greatly appreciative.
If interested in presenting please share the subject matter, the Principle(s) you will be referencing within the next two weeks! We look forward to your ideas!
When we have a list of presenters we will draw up the afternoon’s agenda & send out a revised invitation / announcement. 
If you have additional questions Louis can also be reached at (413) 625.9048 (a land line, not cell phone number)
A big thank you—and please share as you see fit.

1:30 pm ET

Annual Northeast Gathering on Domestic Fair Trade

5th  Annual Northeast Gathering on Domestic Fair Trade

Presented by the NOFA Domestic Fair Trade Committee

Friday Afternoon 1:30 – 4:30 pm     August 9, 2019 

Franklin Patterson Hall Faculty Lounge

Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass


This summer’s Free Open Meeting--our fifth consecutive annual gathering—is once again held in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA’s) Summer Conference and hosted by NOFA’s Domestic Fair Trade Committee.


We invite activists who are engaged in projects and organizing efforts that come under the broad heading of Domestic Fair Trade to share our work and ideas; to strengthen that focus; to meet potential fellow collaborators; and to discuss possible collaboration for the immediate future. 


We welcome farm workers, farmers, food system workers, processors, manufacturers, worker organizers, farmer organizers, cooperative organizers, visionaries, and allies across the food chain. Consider attending if your work (paid or volunteer) involves the rights of labor; living wages; fair prices; ethical trading; family scale farming; addressing historical inequities; & making the food system socially just, sustainable, and humane.


Our mix of attendees assures a strong update of the current state of the landscape in our region: who is working with whom; and what may be the most promising areas for collaboration moving forward. Won’t you join us?


Welcome, Giving thanks

Part 1 Extended Reports:

     Agricultural Justice Project’s Northeast Campaign—Louis Battalen;

     CATA-The Farmworkers’ Support Committee—Jessica Culley;

     CISA-Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture—Margaret Christie;;

     FairTradeUSA—Nathalie Marin-Gest;

     Labor Committee of the Park Slope Food Co-op—Richard Mandelbaum;

     Migrant Justice / Milk With Dignity Standard Council—Marita Canedo;

     NOFA-NY—Elizabeth Henderson;

     Pioneer Valley Workers Center—Gabriella della Croce

     Tufts University Sustainable Diets Project—Hugh Joseph;

     U S Dept of Labor, Wage & Hour Division—Patricia Colarossi

Short Break

Part 2- Open Discussion


The all-afternoon Spanish/English meeting is free;

Communal meal at College Dining Commons w locally-sourced, organic fare

follows beginning at 5 pm ($20.00)          



Pre-registration appreciated, so please contact your hosts, Committee members

Liz Henderson  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Louis Battalen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.