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Did you get dressed today? Eat a meal? Sip a cup of coffee or tea?  Most of us can say “yes” to at least one of these questions.  We do these things day in and day out. They’re a part our routines. 
“Back to school” is about more than just getting a new teacher and seeing old friends.  It’s also about learning and discovery, about pursuing old interests and cultivating new ones. It’s about giving our children the resources they need to become compassionate and successful members of the global community. 
Warm days, fresh local fruits and veggies, delicious summer recipes -- these are just a few reasons why we love our local farmers market. It makes us feel more connected to our food. The good news is you can find that feeling year round with Fair Trade -- particularly with all those products that can't be grown in our own backyard. That friendly logo on your favorite banana or mango is a signal that your product was grown with care by farmers working to build sustainable livelihoods and thriving communities.
A farmer in Colombia rolls a single coffee bean in the palm of her hand. She’s surrounded by steep, volcanic hillsides carpeted with coffee trees. Between the time that coffee bean leaves the farmer and is used to make your morning cup of joe, it could change hands 150 times.

One Coffee Company Witnesses Fair Trade in Action

This guest blog comes to us from Katrina Benedicto, Key Accounts Manager with Java City and ecoGrounds. Katrina educates consumers and businesses on a daily basis about Fair Trade and sustainability in coffee. In November 2015 she journeyed with Fair Trade USA to visit coffee cooperatives in the remote Gayo Highlands of Sumatra, Indonesia. The following is a short reflection on Katrina’s experience visiting farmers half a world away.”
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