"To get fair trade certification… you have to show a fair trade organization that your cooperative keeps an honest set of books, that it operates democratically, and that it treats workers fairly." (Read more from NPR: Coffee for a Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver?)

We’re hiring! Check out the application here.

17 days until we open!

That’s 408 short hours, 24480 minutes, or 1468800 seconds.

Not that anyone’s counting.

Cooperatives can offer solutions to hunger and poverty, President of Costa Rica says

The cooperative model offers unique solutions to “free people from hunger and poverty in a globalized world in which crises, including climate change, touch everyone”, President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla said 29 May.

Using the example of her country, the President stressed that cooperatives can make a major contribution to sustainable development and the competitiveness of small agricultural producers.


Q. Why would I want to work at the People’s Market?

A. So many reasons!

The application

for Fall 2012 is located here! Print it out and hand it to a co-manager at the market by Friday, 14 September. We’re excited to hear from you!

Dean Cycon, the founder of our coffee vendor, at a fair trade cooperative in Ethiopia

The end of the semester

has come, and that means a number of things:

We look forward to seeing you before the summer! ♥ PM