Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Berkeley Fair Trade Towns Monthly Meeting - Minutes

I. Event One – Status Check on 5 FTT Criteria for Berkeley:

• Need 20 retail stores in Berkeley that carry two or more Fair Trade products – Nailed this, but always looking for more!

Steering Committee:
• Formulating a list of local businesses & offices and invite to serve on the Steering Committee. We’ll have a mailing list party at our next meeting!

Community Support:
• The per capita numbers for Berkeley equivilate to 20 organizations that need to use Fair Trade products – Done!
• Residents’ petition: Jan. – April is the time to increase Fair Trade visibility for Berkeley residents. We need to petition at Farmer’s Market, UC Berkeley Campus and around town for community support.

• Set a timeline for passing resolution in Berkeley, ideally in May, 2010!

Press/Media Coverage:
• Fair Trade Berkeley BART Advertisement
• Blog: Check it out and make it known!
o FairTradeBerkeley.blogspot.com
• Email us on our Fair Trade Berkeley gmail!
o FairTradeBerkeley@gmail.com. Questions, requests for information and the like can be directed here!

II. Event Two - Jan. 13th, 10-11am. Meeting with Mayor’s Office

Meeting with Nils Moe (assistant to Mayor T. Bates) and Jennifer Cogley (BuyLocal Berkeley) regarding:
• Wording on the Resolution
• Resolution timeline
• Passports Game – approval and implementation plan
• Fair Trade Fair at CAL (invite them and City Hall’s participation, if desired)
• Fair Trade Berkeley ad in BART
• Fair Trade presence at the Mayor’s New Year’s gathering

III. Event Three - Buy Local; Buy Fair Berkeley Passports Game:

Hoping to implement a game in Berkeley shops as part of “Fair Trade New Year’s Resolution” activity. Passports Game would be active between mid-Jan and mid-March. If you have some capacity – or have found a new member for our steering committee, this would be a great place for them to share their talents!

IV. Event Four – For the Love of Fair Trade, Fundraising night @ the Fox Den, Feb. 4th

V. Event Five - Fair Trade Fair @ UC Berkeley, Thursday, Feb. 11th, 11am -2pm

BIG Thanks to Katrina and her team on campus! Please contact FairTradeBerkeley@gmail to become apart of the UC Berkeley campus team or want more information about anything discussed at our meeting or how you can get more involved with making Berkeley a Fair Trade Town!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Berkeley Fair Trade Towns Monthly Meeting

Tomorrow, December 9th, 2009, is the Berkeley Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee monthly meeting! It will be held at the TransFair USA office at 1500 Broadway in Downtown Oakland! Any and everyone who is interested in Fair Trade, Fair Trade Towns or would simply like to learn more about the Fair Trade movement you're welcome to attend. Your presence is greatly appreciated! The National Fair Trade Towns conference call will follow our meeting and you are welcome to attend that as well. We ecnourage the Berkeley community to attend and give input into making Berkeley a Fair Trade Town!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Adventures Around Berkeley

Where can you buy Fair Trade Certified products in Berkeley? Where can a Berkeley resident go to enjoy a Fair Trade cup of coffee or tea and kick back with a good book, a toasty bagel and keep in touch via some free Wi-Fi access?

Yesterday we took advantage of the beautiful fall Berkeley day and photographed retail locations that sell Fair Traded Certified products between the UC Berkeley Campus, Telegraph, University and Shattuck. Here are the visuals of our findings in conjunction with the ever expanding list of "Where to Buy" locations! Dine-in, take-out or grocery shop for the freshest Fair Trade Certified ingredients and products here:

Addison Annex Cafe

Cafe Gratitude

Village Grounds

The Cheeseboard

Beautiful Fall Day on Shattuck!

People's Cafe

Simply Photographs of Organic Teas & Coffee Beans

Sunny Walk on Telegraph

Our up to date list of "Where to Buy" in Berkeley:

Grocery Shops:
Andronico's Grocery
1550 Shattuck Ave

Andronico's Grocery
1850 Solano Ave

Andronico's Grocery
1414 University Ave

Andronico's Grocery
2655 Telegraph Ave

Berkeley Bowl
2777 Shattuck Ave

Berkeley Natural Grocery
1336 Gilman

Monterey Market
1550 Hopkins Street

Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Ave

Global Exchange
2840 College Ave

Cafe & Restaurants:
Au Coquelet Cafe Restaurant‎
2000 University Ave

Bread Garden
2912 Domingo Ave

Cafe Fanny
1603 San Pablo Ave

The Cheeseboard
1512 Shattuck Ave

Tomate Cafe
2265 5th Street

Uncommon Grounds
2813 Seventh St

People's Cafe
2015 Shattuck Ave

Addison Annex Cafe
2107 Addison St

Village Grounds
1797-A Shattuck Ave

Cafe Gratitude
1730 Shattuck St

Saul's Restaurant & Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave

Thank you Berkeley and Berkeley Bowl!


Thank you to everyone who came out for the Divine Chocolate Giveaway and showed your support for Fair Trade! Despite the last minute location mix-up we could not have asked for a more encouraging setting to have held the event. Thank you to all the retail locations that made this possible and for allowing us to share some delicious Fair Trade Chocolate and inspiring information about how to make Berkeley a Fair Trade Town with your customers! It was a fabulous way to kick off the Halloween weekend (with volunteers in costumes) and to welcome the winter season. Please stay tuned to FairTradeBerkeley.Blogspot.com for more exciting events and information taking place around the Berkeley Bay Area!

Thank you again!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

FREE Divine Chocolate Giveaway Outside Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco Store Locations

Today's the Day!

As part of the Share the Love campaign, Divine Chocolate teams up with the Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition to give free Fair Trade Certified chocolate samples outside Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco retail locations this evening, Thursday, October 29!

Due to the unexpected Bay Area Bridge closure, BART has attracted more commuters than normal, so we have moved the event to retail locations only a couple blocks from the stations. TransFair USA made this decision Wednesday afternoon to move the giveaway to four nearby locations so as not to interfere with the commuter traffic. The new Fair Trade chocolate giveaway locations are:

Bittersweet Chocolate Café (near Rockridge BART)
5427 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-7159

Berkeley Bowl Main (near Ashby BART)
2020 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 843-6929

Rainbow Grocery (Near 16th St. & Mission BART)
1745 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-0620

Fog City News/Union Square (Powell St. BART)
455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

So come out and enjoy some delicious and FREE Fair Trade Certified chocolate this evening from 5-7 PM!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Help Make Berkeley a Fair Trade Town!

Fair Trade Towns USA is a national movement uniting community activists dedicated to the principles of Fair Trade. By organizing our communities at the local level we are able to make a tangible impact on the U.S. market!

Fair Trade is a market driven approach to decrease inequality across nations and feed local communities. The Fair Trade market approach requires consumer demand for Fair Trade products. So, ask for the Fair Trade logo when you shop at Berkeley stores such as Berkeley Bowl, Global Exchange and Whole Foods Market.

When you purchase products with the Fair Trade Certified ™ label, it means that the rights and wages of producers, artisans and farmers are being protected and upheld in the transactions that brought your coffee, bananas, tea, chocolate, and textiles from abroad.

To be recognized as a Fair Trade Town, City, or Community in the United States, the following criteria need to be met:

* Form a steering committee

* Conduct outreach to area retailers

* Engage the community

* Gain Media Attention

* Pass a Fair Trade Resolution

Buy Local, Buy Fair is the importance and understanding behind sourcing our food locally. But being "local leaning" doesn't mean that we have to give up bananas, tea, coffee and chocolate. For the things we can't source here, it is important to pay a fair price to the communities and workers who produce them.

Interested in helping to make Berkeley a Fair Trade Town? Visit the Fair Trade Berkeley site to join and learn!

Join the movement and follow us on Twitter at @FTBerkeley and friend us on Facebook at Fair Trade Berkeley!