Ten Thousand Villages Comes to Trent February 4 to 6


Trent Students Help Organize Sale of Handcrafted Products Including Fair Trade Scarves, Jewellery, Coffee, Baskets
and More!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, Peterborough

From Thursday, February 4 to Saturday, February 6, Peter Gzowski College at Trent University will be host to a Ten Thousand Villages festival and sale to promote ethical, fair traded goods that support people in need in third world countries. 

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in 35 countries. As one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations, the organization has spent more than 60 years cultivating long-term buying relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to unique gifts, accessories and home décor from around the world.

Bringing Ten Thousand Villages to Trent was the brainchild of Dr. Ellen Bentzen, principal, of Peter Gzowski College, who felt the mission of the organization was a good fit with the College’s Living and Learning Community (LLC), which is focused on environmental sustainability. Students have worked to organize the festival which will also feature educational displays about fair trade, ethical trade, and third world conditions.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in the atrium, lower level of Peter Gzowski College. A wide selection of modestly priced goods, including fair trade coffee, tea, sugars, scarves, jewellery, bowls, baskets, books and posters will be for sale. All members of the community are welcome. 


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ellen Bentzen, Principal, Peter Gzowski College, Trent University, 705-748-1011 x7744