This year, the Domestic Fair Trade Association is hosting a conference with the theme Linking Up: Creating Fair and Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains in order to remind us that there are alternatives to our current food system and to inspire us to truly believe that these alternatives can become the norm. Experts will gather to share concrete strategies and best practices for how all the sectors in our food system can work together to develop a vision for agricultural production that is based on health, sustainability, and justice.
The first day will center on tours highlighting domestic fair trade businesses and organizations in the Atlanta metro area. We will be touring Georgia Organics/Turnip Truck, Truly Living Well, and Emory University to speak with leaders in sustainability.
Friday will include keynote speech from Paula Daniels, the founder of Center for Good Food Purchasing, 8 educational panels and workshops, and networking opportunities. Panels and workshops will range in topics from climate change, fair trade certification, racial justice, marketing and communication, and workers rights.
The night will be concluded with a Domestic Fair Trade Party to celebrate the gathering of farmers, farmworkers, retailers, processors, distributors, and NGOS dedicated to the principles of domestic fair trade for our conference. The party will include delicious local food and drink, a silent auction, and the award ceremony for our 2nd Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award.