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ohiofairtradenetwork-LOGOThe Fair Trade movement in northeast Ohio has been grounded in the hard work of non-profit organizations and Fair Trade-only retailers for many years. Starting about 16 years ago, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) became engaged in the Fair Trade movement partnering with Equal Exchange for IRTF’s Café Salvador Project.  Over the years, businesses (like Heinens) began selling fair trade products in their stores.  Universities, like John Carroll University and Hiram College, along with some high schools started selling fair trade coffee and chocolate as fundraisers.  Read More


Initiated in 2005, The Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.

Expo 2014 hosted at John Carroll University was attended by over 150 people.  Itincluded keynote speakers, educational workshops, a Fair Trade marketplace with thousands of artisan and food products around the world, and much more!  Check out schedule here.

Our keynote speaker this year was Chris Treter from Higher Grounds.  His company was featured in the recent documentary Connected by Coffee.   Learn more about Chris and his great work by clicking here.