Fair Trade Back by Popular Demand at Trent University


Ten Thousand Villages Festival Returns to Peter Gzowski College

Friday, November 19, 2010, Peterborough

A fair trade event, Ten Thousand Villages Festival returns to Trent University in the lower level of Peter Gzowski College from Thursday, November 18 to Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Peter Gzowski College’s Living and Learning Community is hosting a Ten Thousand Villages Fair in the Gathering Space at Gzowski College. All members of the community are welcome to the student-organized event.

Ten Thousand Villages is North  America’s oldest and largest Fair Trade Organization. Available for sale are Fair Trade coffee & tea, jewellery, scarves, baskets, candles, craft items, books and more.

Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit 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.


For more information, please contact: Ellen Bentzen (705) 748-1011 ext 7744