How green is fair trade?

Fair Ted and Yorkshire friends

Thoughts on the International Fair Trade Towns Conference (4-5 July 2015) from Joanna Pollard, Aztec Arts and member of York Fair Trade Forum We walked into the party like we were walking onto a yacht - OK we were stepping off one of the many small ferries which ply the waterways on which Bristol is built, but the Friday night party at the … [Read more...]

Regional Fairtrade conference comes to York

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We are delighted that this year's Yorkshire conference for Fairtrade supporters is happening right here in York. The event is a unique opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, network with fellow campaigners and take part in workshops and debates. It’s a great time to share your challenges, learn from each other’s successes and regain momentum … [Read more...]

Fair trade at West Bank Park fair

Stall at West Bank Park July 2015

For once York Fair trade Forum's stall found itself in sun and blue skies - but this time the main enemy was the wind, which decided to play havoc with our information leaflets! Hundreds of local people were at this popular community event on Sunday 28 June, with many popping in to say hello, try our Fair trade baking and learn more about York as a … [Read more...]

Rallying round for Fair trade

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Despite less than summery weather (well, maybe not by Yorkshire standards...) the smoothie bike yet again drew in the curious and the thirsty on Saturday 20 June at the Cycle rally on the Knavesmire. Children and adults alike were lured by the promise of a drink made by their own pedal power from fairly-traded fruit. Though, with the cold and rainy … [Read more...]

York Fair Trade Forum summer stalls

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The Forum is running stalls at two events during June - and both are fun-packed community events that have overcome threats to their survival. On Saturday 20 June we'll be at the Cycle rally on the Knavesmire. The rally was an annual event for almost 70 years until 2012, and this year a group of volunteers has brought it back to life. Look out … [Read more...]

Fairtrade schools celebrations

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On the 12th March in York St John Chapel the 4th Annual Yorkshire Fairtrade Schools Conference took place with 160 participants in attendance. It was a fantastic event where the Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies, presented the 2015 Fairtrade School Award to five schools. Their fair trade work involves regular school events, work within the … [Read more...]

A Divine Fairtrade evening


        York Fair Trade Forum organised this celebration of all things chocolate on 5th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The evening at Aroma Café, Haxby, was very well attended and centred around an extremely enjoyable Divine Chocolate tasting. Nine different flavours were sampled, ranging from White Chocolate … [Read more...]

Fun-packed evening for Fairtrade Fortnight


York Fair Trade Forum hosted a successful evening at the Basement Bar on Tuesday 24 February to kick off Fairtrade Fortnight. It featured a showing of the Fairtrade Foundation's new short film, Fairtrade Matters, which tells the story of two Fairtrade tea farmers in southern Malawi. This moving 13-minute film has added poignancy because, since it … [Read more...]

Foyer focus on Fairtrade Fortnight


Do you want to know more about fair trade and the Fairtrade Foundation? During Fairtrade fortnight (which starts on 23 Feb) there is an information-packed display in the foyer of City of York Council (West Offices, Station Rise). There are details about what the Fairtrade mark means and how it helps the producers; explanations about what York's … [Read more...]

Going bananas for Fairtrade


Fairtrade campaigners in York went bananas as they called on Tesco to stock more Fairtrade. Members of the York Fair Trade Forum gathered at Tesco’s Clifton Moor superstore on Friday 12th December and, with the help of a 5 metre long inflatable banana, drew attention to the campaign: ‘Asda and Tescos make your bananas Fairtrade.’ The campaigners … [Read more...]