EXPO 2014


The Ohio Fair Trade Expo 2014 was held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at John Carroll University (Dolan Center for Science & Technology) in University Heights, Ohio.

The day included International and national keynote speakers; workshops on a variety of issues including sessions for beginners to experts; a Fair Trade Marketplace with 25+ vendors from across Ohio and the region; a program for Girl Scouts that includes hands-on activities, opportunities to learn about fair trade and the countries where fair trade products are developed, and the chance to earn a “Fair Trade Patch”; and activities for children and families (including fair trade art contests, Ohio Fair Trade Expo tattoos, and more!)


Chris Treter, Higher Grounds Coffee
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Chris Treter is co-founder & Chief Instigator of HG & is on the Board of Directors of Cooperative Coffees, a 100% fair trade, organic coffee importing cooperative of which HG is a member/owner. He’s also a founder of On the Ground, a non-profit dedicated to bringing fresh water, education, & health care to those without. When not traveling to far-flung corners of the globe in search of the finest coffees & creating partnerships with our farming friends or captaining the HG ship, Chris enjoys long distance running between the birch & cedar forests, swimming in the many freshwater lakes, & conspiring with family & friends.



Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez’s story embodies a beautiful combination of traditional Zapotec ways and contemporary life.  He learned to weave at age nine from his father and mother.  As a child, he enjoyed making toys from found objects and later  transferred the creative skill to playing with yarns,  weaving and unraveling them to become beautiful rugs.  He developed as a weaver over many years while completing his primary education in village schools and later commuting by bus to Oaxaca City.  Vasquez has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Oaxaca City, made possible by selling the rugs and bags from his loom.  He continues to weave along with his mother and father who also maintain a subsistence farm.   Vasquez maintains a Zapotec life, and   travels to share his work as weaver. One day he dreams of an advanced degree or creating his own business.


Saul Aragon is a Zapotec artist and ecological pioneer from Oaxaca, Mexico. Besides producing his own captivating    carvings , Aragon has inspired his fellow  artists and won worldwide recognition for his leadership in the sustainable harvesting of copal trees, the traditional Oaxacan source of wood for  carving.




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