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Join Fair Trade Saskatoon and SCIC to learn from Monika Firl, Cooperative Coffees’ Director of Sustainability. Monika will discuss the intersection between fair trade and climate justice and remind us how our purchases can help create the world we want to live in.
Cooperative Coffees is a green coffee importing co-op owned by two dozen small roasters. Canadian members of Cooperative Coffees include Bean North in Whitehorse, Alternative Grounds in Toronto and the Laughing Whale in Lunenburg, NS. They have helped put Fair Trade on the map in Canada, in support of producers around the world. Learn more here: https://coopcoffees.coop.
Monica’s long-term interest in alternative technology, sustainable production and new markets for agricultural products led her to Cooperative Coffees’ Montreal office in 2002. Before that, she lived and worked in Central America and Mexico where she facilitated the exchange of information on alternative technology; coordinating a regional Campesino a Campesino program promoting horizontal learning about sustainable production practices and market alternatives with farmer groups in Central America. She specializes in technical training and market development for producers, including the Maya Vinic Coop in Chiapas, Mexico, which is still a Coop Coffees supplier.
Monica grew up in the back room of her parents’ independent retail store and has a BA in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Journalism.
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