3906410724 4a9f4d1ffb m Octobers Fair Trade Month with eco ethical freebies and local funSeptember’s unofficially local food month, according to fellow MNN blogger Robin Shreeves — and next month’s officially Fair Trade Month! So after getting into the habit of enjoying the bounty at your closest farmers’ market in September, you can gear up to get the imported luxuries like chocolate and coffee in eco-ethical style.

Never quite understood all the nitty gritties of fair trade? This month you can get an easy crash course, thanks to TransFair USA, the nonprofit that certifies fair trade products for the U.S. market. For Fair Trade Month 2009, TransFair USA’s put together a campaign called “31 Days, 31 Ways” at fairtrademonth.org. Each day in October, the Fair Trade Month site will feature a new fair trade facts — plus coupons, giveaways, and discounts for fair trade products.

This month’s also a chance for you to get involved with local fair trade activists in your ‘hood. After all, a fair trade coffee break’s more fun with like-minded friends. Lots of local events are planned across the nation too; just check out the events calendar to find out what’s happening near you!

If you’re in L.A., Fair Trade Month begins a little early! Local group Fair Trade Los Angeles is holding a “Making Your Holiday Faire More Fair” (PDF) workshop on Sept. 17, 7 pm – 9 pm to bring Angelenos up to speed on both local and global aspects of fair trade — plus offer practical tips for fair trade holiday shopping, including a chance to shop from local fair trade vendors. The workshop happens at St. Monica’s Auditorium, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. To RSVP for the free event — or to get more info — call 213.637.7560.

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Free fair trade yummies in October
October's Fair Trade Month -- and a fun-filled eco-educational campaign's planned, featuring giveaways, coupons, and more.