Scotland achieves Fairtrade Status

It's Fairtrade Fortnight (25 Feb - 10 March 2013) and the big news is - you've maybe heard it already - Scotland had been granted Fairtrade Nation status! So how about reviewing your shopping habits and having a go at some excellent fairtrade products. I know many ABBA members already use Fairtrade teas and coffees, sugar and biscuits, but the more people there are doing it, ,the better it is for the farmers and growers who produce these high quality items. And if you want living proof that Fairtrade works just come along to Kilwinning on Sunday afternoon 10 March and meet Justine Watalunga, a coffee farmer from Uganda. Justine will be the guest speaker at a special 'Mother's day' coffee tasting at 3pm in Erskine Church Hall.  Here's a wee introduction to her story: Justine’s day starts at 5am when she lets out her goats and cows and makes breakfast for her children. She then makes the hour walk up the mountain to her coffee and banana farm where the morning is spent weeding, digging, pruning and collecting manure. After lunch she cuts grass to feed her livestock, spends time with her women’s group and checks on the orphanage they run. After making dinner for the family Justine feeds her cattle again and perhaps visits the local store before resting at around 10pm. Her schedule is even busier at harvest time, in November/December, when she works from dawn to dusk picking, pulping, sorting, washing and drying her coffee. Justine’s organic coffee is used in Cafédirect instant coffee and in Equal Exchange’s Mt Elgon Gumutindo Ground Coffee, part of its range of ‘Coffee Grown by Women’. At the event there will be information about other fairtrade products and how to get them but you can also contact any of the 3 Ayrshire Traidcraft Reps: Sheila Merchant 01292 262259  (Ayr) Vla Gwynne 01292 313239          (Troon) Helen Mitchell 01475 568280      (Fairlie)