Fair Trade Month – And A Fair Trade Gift Box Giveaway

Fair Trade Giveaway

Fair trade is the idea of marketing products with a primary goal of improving the lives of the those who grow (and sometimes process) the raw materials. I knew that it involved paying ethical, above-market prices for the food, instead of pressuring poor communities to produce food as cheaply as possible.  I didn’t realize the it also includes a commitment of community development funds that the farmers can use for environmental protection, health care, or women’s empowerment among other great things.

Fair Trade USA, one of the major fair trade certification organizations, is sponsoring Fair Trade Month in October. Their slogan is “Every Purchase Matters”, which I think is a great thing to keep in mind. Anytime we buy something, we have an opportunity to make the world a little bit better – whether it is a fair trade purchase, buying from a local shop, or hitting the farmer’s market for organic bok choy.

To celebrate Fair Trade Month, Fair Trade USA is giving away the lovely gift box you see above to one Herbivoracious reader. It includes Madhava agave nectar, Near East Quinoa, Three Twins Ice Cream, and chocolate from TCHO among other goodies.

To enter, just sign up for my email list using the form below. If you are already on the email list, you can enter by leaving a comment on this blog post. Enter by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday 10/7/12, and I’ll announce the winner the following day. I’ll contact the winner by email to arrange delivery of the prize. The contest is over, and the winner is Melinda. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who participated!

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, October 1st, 2012 in Contests.

120 Responses to “Fair Trade Month – And A Fair Trade Gift Box Giveaway”

  1. Claire S
    October 1, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    I’m already on the email list!

    • October 1, 2012 at 6:19 am #

      Good deal! Consider yourself entered in the contest.

  2. Maura W
    October 1, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Count me in! I’m on the list and enjoy every email I get from you!! Keep up the delicious recipes!

  3. Liza
    October 1, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    I’m already on the list, too!

  4. ben freedman
    October 1, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    aw, i wanted to be the first!

    must have taken longer to get to the east coast!



  5. October 1, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    I expected a recipe in my email – not all that amazing chocolate! =D Will check out the link now.

  6. October 1, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I love this!!!

  7. RH
    October 1, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I’m already on the list, thanks!

  8. Nancy
    October 1, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I am already on the list, too…thanks for the giveaway!

  9. sami
    October 1, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I have been on the list for a long time, love some of your ideas.

  10. Heidi Hess
    October 1, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    I’m crossing my fingers. Your recipes have changed the way we eat.

  11. Amy Britt
    October 1, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Thank you for the link! I try to buy fair trade or rainforest alliance certified products, so the Fair Trade USA website is a great resource for me.

  12. Rebekah
    October 1, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Already on the list, thanks!

  13. Erin
    October 1, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I’m already on the list! This is awesome that you’re supporting Fair Trade Month!

  14. Anne
    October 1, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    I’m already on the list, but would love to be entered!

  15. Amanda Fischer
    October 1, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Already on the email list! Love your posts and this effort!

  16. Mai
    October 1, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    I’m already on the list too! Thanks :)

  17. Katy Penrod
    October 1, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Im already on the email list! Love your blog!

  18. Summer
    October 1, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I agree, free trade is important. I lived in Ecuador for a while, had friends that grew coffee. It’s REALLY hard work. The average worker got three dollars a day. It would be nice if free trade was a reality everywhere. And it would be nice if I won the giveaway. :)

  19. October 1, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I’m already on the list. Thank you! :)

  20. Sarah
    October 1, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I am already on the list! I really enjoy your posts and recipes!

  21. Megan
    October 1, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks for the information about Fair Trade and the chance to win some awesome stuff!

  22. amydaugustine
    October 1, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks for highlighting Fair Trade month. Supporting companies who take action to ensure fair, safe, and equitable working environments for employees and suppliers is critical. Already a newsletter subscriber, but would love to win this fabulous giveaway.

  23. Danielle
    October 1, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    I am already on the mailing list. Looks like a fantastic prize!

  24. October 1, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Fair Trade is the only fair way to eat. Already on the email list. :D

  25. Lauren
    October 1, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Oh my goodness, all of that looks delicious! Count this vegetarian in for the giveaway!

  26. October 1, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    I’m already on your subscription list.. but I sure want to be entered!

  27. Mariah
    October 1, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Already on the list and really glad you’re supporting Fair Trade month. I lived in Sierra Leone for some time, near coffee farms that were not covered under fair trade agreements. The wages were often under a dollar a day. I now try to set aside the extra dollar or two it costs to upgrade my chocolate and coffee to fair trade.

  28. Anne Campbell
    October 1, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    I love how the package includes chocolate, chocolate, QUINOA, chocolate, chocolate. Because that whole grain automatically makes the whole thing super-healthy, just by osmosis!

  29. October 1, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    On the newsletter list already! Absolutely love it, the book and Fair Trade initiatives!

  30. Alonia Rose
    October 1, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I too am on the mailing list. Please enter me into the contest.

  31. Sherri
    October 1, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I am on the list. Really enjoying your recipes and knowledge.

  32. October 1, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I’m inn! Nice!

  33. Jen
    October 1, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    On your list but thanks for posting about this issue. It’s a relief to see so many products we already purchase on this list.

  34. October 1, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I’m on the list! Would love to win the box…love fair trade and the box looks fab!

  35. Rose
    October 1, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Love this !!!

  36. October 1, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I’m on the email list already. I love the blog and this is a great giveaway.

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      You are the winner! I’ll email you privately to get your address.

  37. October 1, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Michael, thanks for this post. I am always on a look out for Fair Trade Certified product, which is not easy in our neck of the woods. I am glad to see all the products from my pantry on the photo (except ice cream).

  38. Suzanne
    October 1, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I absolutely love your blog, your videos and recipes. I look forward to every new post. I have your book and so far it has not failed me. Good luck with your new recipe development. I look forward to trying them all.

  39. Jennifer Oliva
    October 1, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I use this Agave nectar all the time- and Numi teas are the best!

  40. John
    October 1, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    I’m in!

  41. swarna.mani@oracle.com
    October 1, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Looks awesome!

  42. Robin
    October 1, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Never was a vegetarian but when I moved to Seattle a few months ago, I’ve noticed my eating habits have changed significantly while trying all the recipe ideas since i signed up for the email newsletters. Thanks for all the great ideas and resources for healthy, local, and fair trade foods.

  43. Samantha D
    October 1, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Already on the email list! Thanks for all your deliciously nutritious ideas! I would love to try some of that quinoa and chocolate!

  44. Matt
    October 1, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    What a great way to support the folks that produce our food :) (already on the list and love the recipes, thanks much!)

  45. Susan
    October 1, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    On the list–and loving it! Thank you!

  46. Darcy
    October 1, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    This is a pretty cool giveaway. Thanks.

  47. Mel
    October 1, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    on the email list!

  48. October 1, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I’m already on your mailing list, but I’d love to be entered to win!

  49. Wendy
    October 1, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    I’m on the list and cooking up some of the finest fare I know!

  50. cynthia
    October 1, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Great idea, please enter me to try to win a yummy prize!

  51. Tanya Phillips
    October 1, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    So cool, I’m already on the list. Thanks!

  52. Elizabeth
    October 1, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Ohhh! What a great prize!

  53. Jay
    October 1, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Yes please!

  54. October 1, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    what a great giveaway! I am already on your email list. :) Thanks!

  55. Joshua Decosta
    October 1, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I would love to be entered, as well I am already on the email list. Thank you for changing my cooking habits.

  56. bonnie
    October 1, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I’m already on the list, and I applaud your support of Fair Trade. I once spent time with Caribbean coffee farmers, and it was shocking to learn about how market pressures and exploitative lending practices worked to keep them from ever getting ahead (until they formed a cooperative and learned to work together to benefit their communities).

  57. cynthia
    October 1, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    I’m already on your mailing list!!!

  58. Laura
    October 1, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I am already on your email list and thanks! I love the fair trade giveaway idea as it exposes more readers to the concept and of course, I too would like to win. Fair trade is great and anything that we can do to support it if even a small step is a positive to change the way we grow, trade and eat.

    Thanks for sharing.

  59. mason
    October 1, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I already receive all of your great recipes! Would love to receive this prize pack!

  60. Katie
    October 1, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I’m already on the email list and this basket looks awesome! I’m glad to see Rishi tea in the gift basket. They are a local company here in Milwaukee and they make wonderful teas.

  61. October 1, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Already on the list! :)

  62. Marc
    October 1, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I’m already on the list but fear if I’m the lucky
    winner the ice cream will have melted by the time
    it would get to London!!

  63. Jilian
    October 1, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    That picture looks amazing! Count me in! Love all your recipes… trying out the coconut rice with black beans tonight.

  64. Jake
    October 1, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Whoo. Free Trade Month!

  65. Etas
    October 1, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    I love your cookbook. I want to win!

  66. Mike
    October 1, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Already on the list.

  67. Claire B
    October 1, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I’m already on your list, and this box sounds fantastic!

  68. Lacey
    October 1, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I’m feelin lucky!

  69. Ryan
    October 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m already on the list! Thanks!!

  70. Emily
    October 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m on the list!

  71. Janet Matsen
    October 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    mmmm! already on the list & RSS feed

  72. October 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m on your list already. This looks like a highly ethical and delicious box of goodies. :)

  73. Brannan
    October 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Have been on your mailing list for a long time. Enjoy reading the wealth of info you share with me and the other readers. Keep up the good work, you are a blessing and help to many!

  74. ginny
    October 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Fingers crossed!

  75. Leslie
    October 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Hope I’m the lucky winner!

  76. Kiki
    October 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m on the list, too!

  77. Jill K.
    October 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Neat giveaway! I’m already on your email list.

  78. Abbie
    October 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I am a HUGE fan of fair trade products, from food all the way to clothing, bags etc. The more awareness that everyone can pass on, the more the world will understand the importance of Fair Trade. By the way, this basket looks amazing!

  79. Julie
    October 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Great idea! I’m on the lists

  80. Charlene
    October 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    on the email list already! Loving them :D

  81. Cathy
    October 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for wonderful recipes. I’m already on the e-mail list and would love to win – as would all of us !!

  82. Emily
    October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    on the list. LOVE your cookbook. it is incredible.

  83. Barb
    October 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Already on your email list would like to enter for the chance to win.

  84. October 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway!

  85. Deborah
    October 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi! I’m already on the email list.

  86. Cathy
    October 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I would like to be entered to win. Thanks!

  87. October 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I’m already on your lovely e-mail list. Lurve your blog and hope to buy your cookbook soon! Slowly changing my eating habits towards plant based foods only. Very exciting. My blood sugars are already changing fantastically (I’m a Type 2 Diabetic) AND I’ve already lost 6 pounds in the last 10 days. AWESOME! :) <3

  88. Cynthia Clouser
    October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Already on the email list. Fair Trade rocks!

  89. Diona
    October 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I’m already an email subscriber — I look forward to every one! And the basket looks amazing!

  90. Hope
    October 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I am on the list as well. Thanks!

  91. camille
    October 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    lemon cookie three twins ice cream is my favorite :)

  92. October 2, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Count me in! Until I read your post, I also didn’t realize Fair Trade included community development funds; makes a good idea even better.

  93. MP
    October 2, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    I’m on your list and love it! Also bought the e version of your book – fabulous!

  94. Anna
    October 2, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Oooh, all those products look lovely!

  95. Katrina
    October 2, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    I just discovered your blog last week and I love it. This is just the icing on the cake!

  96. October 2, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    I’m already on the email list and really enjoy the recipes. Thanks for doing this giveaway!!

  97. Julia H
    October 2, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Yay for fair trade! I’m already on your mailing list :)

  98. christina
    October 2, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Im new to this blog, but i love it so far and I am excited for the give a way!

  99. Melissa
    October 2, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I already receive your newsletter!

  100. Linda
    October 2, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Looks like a box of delicousness! Thanks for offering this contest to your email subscribers.

  101. lisa
    October 2, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    would love love love to win this, great contest, thanks!

  102. Leslie
    October 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I really enjoy your blog, and I love your recipes! My online explorations for improving my son’s health have led me to many great blogs and organic products. Thanks for your help!

  103. Susan
    October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Thank you for posting about this important global issue!

  104. Michelle
    October 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    On this list. Love the cookbook!

  105. Tracy
    October 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Already on the list. Always glad to see the newsletter in my inbox. Thanks for the giveaway!

  106. Morgan
    October 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I’m already on the list! :)

  107. Ian
    October 3, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I’m already on the list, thanks.

  108. Sara
    October 3, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    This is awesome! I’m already on the list :)

  109. October 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I love your products and I would just be filled with so much glee and joy over winning this gift basket! I would use every ingredient and feature them on my healthy/veggie blog :-D I can’t believe someone is going to be lucky enough to win this!! I just really hope it’s me!! (no offense guys! lol)

    Veggies & <3,
    L0 & Behold

  110. Malathy
    October 4, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    I am already on the list. And I love the recipes. thanks

  111. October 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I’ve already subscribed your mails and posts. Thanks a mil for hosting the giveaway. Love your recipes :) Keep up the good work.

  112. Cindy Myers
    October 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I love that society is waking up to the ethics and morality of being a consumer. Who you give your money to is an important message of support. We need to decide not only on the product, but how the company operates; whether they treat people with equality and kindness, are they supportive or harmful to the environment, and whenever we can boycott the bad and buy from the good.

  113. October 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m an email subscriber, and would love to win the basket!

  114. October 5, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    On the list. Great giveaway, thanks Michael!

  115. Sandy Scott
    October 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    I’m already on the list and enjoy each e-mail and post.

  116. Kati
    October 6, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I’m on the email list. Really excited about this giveaway.

  117. Kristin
    October 7, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Great giveaway, i’m already on the list!

  118. October 8, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    And the winner is Melinda, who also has a blog over at link to resourcefulcookie.blogspot.com . Melinda, I’ll email you to get your shipping address. Congratulations, and thanks to all who participated!

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