Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Aug 1, 2005 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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Even though there’s a lot to cover in this month’s Community Caravan, we would first like to welcome Kristy Nickerson to the Café Campesino family. Kristy joined us as our administrative assistant earlier this month and we’re thrilled that she’s on board. She is a native of Smithville, GA and has settled in Americus to pursue her degree in Business Management at Georgia Southwestern University. Welcome Kristy!

We’d like to thank our friends in Highlands, North Carolina, for including Café Campesino in their first ever Fair Trade Awareness Weekend on August 12-14! Breta Stroud single-handedly set up this extraordinary weekend, which Lee and Tripp spent sampling Café Campesino fair trade coffee and talking Fair Trade with the good people of Highlands. We are also grateful to Buck’s for hosting the main events at their bustling coffee shop. Buck’s is the real thing, so if you get to Highlands, stop there first — yes, the coffee is delicious, but the ambiance and people make it a great place to recuperate!

Finally, we’d like to thank Tom and Linda Clarke, who graciously opened their beautiful mountain-side home to Lee and Tripp for the weekend. In addition to their home’s extraordinary beauty and warmth and direct view of some of North Carolina’s most inspiring mountains, we appreciate the one-on-one experience Lee and Tripp had evicting a rogue raccoon who made its way into the Clarke’s pantry via the cat’s door. It was the trail of flour out the walkway and the raccoon’s revisit to the crime scene afterwards that gave Lee and Tripp what they needed to vindicate the cat and assign responsibility to the true culprit…rascally raccoon!

As you read in the opening of this month’s Fair Grounds, Tripp and Bill are heading off to Quetzaltenango and Santa Anita Guatemala where they will participate in Cooperative Coffee’s annual meeting. From September 2nd through the 9th, Coop Coffees members will gather with our producer partners to listen, learn and plan for the future.

On September 24th and 25th, Lee, Bill and Tripp head to Washington, DC, for the 2005 Green Festival, which is being held in the DC Convention Center. We’ll be in booth number 324, so stop by to say hello, sample some coffee and meet like-minded folks from all over. To learn more about this year’s Green Festival, visit www.greenfestivals.com.

From September 30 to October 2, 2005 Tripp and Bill will be in Chicago, IL for the Fair Trade Futures Conference, designed to strengthen Fair Trade mission-driven organizations and attract customers and activists to the movement. If you are interested in joining us, please visit http://www.fairtradefutures.org where you can learn more about the conference and register to attend. The National Fair Trade Conference is sponsored by: A Greater Gift/SERRV, Catholic Relief Services, Cooperative Coffees, Equal Exchange, Lutheran World Relief, Oxfam America and Ten Thousand Villages.

Finally, on October 2nd through the 5th, Geoffrey will be serving Café Campesino in Newnan, Georgia, at the 2005 BRAG Georgia BikeFest. A Café Campesino tradition, the Fall BRAG is sure to be another hit for bike and coffee enthusiasts alike. To learn more, visit www.brag.org.

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