Fair Trade is an economic model that helps people in developing areas of the world to
- access needed resources
- provide for their families
- gain control over their lives
- live with increased dignity and tell their stories
The PC(USA) has been involved in Fair Trade since 2001, when the Presbyterian Coffee Project was launched. The Fair Trade connection at First Presbyterian began with the sale of SERRV handicraft items at home parties and seasonal sales in the late 1900’s.
In 2004, the church committed to serving only Fair Trade coffee and allowed the sale of Fair Trade coffee one Sunday a month.
In 2006, a Christmas shop was opened. It was a success, not only within the church, but also attracted the interest of many in the community. Subsequently in early 2007, a non-profit called Just Fare Ltd was incorporated. First Presbyterian generously allowed the continued use of space and gave support in many ways.
In 2009, Just Fare matured enough to take the opportunity to move to Old Mill Plaza in Peebles. First Presbyterian is proud that Fond du Lac’s Fair Trade Store – Just Fare Market– was conceived by members of First Presbyterian Church. Church members continue to be active as volunteers, board members and supporters.