Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Feb 1, 2006 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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Tripp is headed to Nicaragua from February 5th through the 12th as part of a 15-person delegation headed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will bring together Nicaraguan farmers, CRS staff, Fair Trade companies, and consumers to build the kind of direct relationships that are at the heart of the Fair Trade model. Though most of the time will be spent on coffee farms with members of CRS-supported cooperatives, participants in the weeklong visit will also meet with local Church representatives and CRS partners. Tripp will peel off from the delegation at the end of the week to meet with our friends at CECOCAFEN.

On February 10th, Geoffrey is heading to the new Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center located 20 miles east of Atlanta in Mansfield, Georgia, to proudly serve Café Campesino coffee and exhibit at the 9th Annual Georgia Organics Conference. With more than 25 cutting edge workshops, in-depth educational sessions, farm tours, a candidates forum, children’s programs, a trade show and the ever popular Organic Banquet, it’s a jam-packed event. See www.georgiaorganics.org/events/ for conference details.

Then, on February 24th, Mr. Pomeroy goes to Washington for CoffeeFest at the DC Convention Center. This is our first time doing the show in DC and we’re pumped. We’ll be exhibiting at the three-day event, billed as one of the most dynamic coffee trade shows in the country. Tripp is taking Geoffrey and Lee along and the intrepid travelers will be serving up some fine coffee, talking Fair Trade and explaining why every restaurant, natural food market and coffee house in the Mid-Atlantic should be serving Café Campesino coffee. If you should happen to be in the area, you’ll find us at Booth #516. To learn more about the show, visit www.coffeefest.com.

Bill with farmers and their families at Mut Vitz in Chiapas, Mexico, last year

In mid-February, Bill begins his annual sabbatical to Xela, Guatemala. Ordinarily, this would be a chance for Willie to recharge his batteries, but between visiting with our producer cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico and working on Cooperative Coffees’ matters, Bill’s trip promises to be more work than play. Tenga un buen viaje, Guillermo!

With great joy, Café Campesino welcomes our new fulfillment dynamo Maty de Barrios! Originally from Huixtla in Chiapas, Mexico, Maty and her family moved to Americus nine years ago. Between her inspiring work ethic and positive, happy attitude, we consider ourselves quite fortunate to have Maty on board.

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