Dear Members and Supporters,
I cannot believe a full year flew by so quickly! 2016 was a year of reflection, planning, and strategizing for the DFTA. Throughout my first year with the organization, I have spoken with farmworkers, family-scale farmers, retailers, businesses, and advocates about what we need to do as a member-driven organization to realize our vision of an agricultural supply chain that is grounded in health, justice, and sustainability.
Our members told me that we need to do more to explain domestic fair trade to the wider public, uplift the advocacy and organizing campaigns of our farmworker, farmer, and non-profit members, highlight our brands and business members who are already emphasizing fairness and sustainability in their supply chains, and maintain the integrity of domestic fair trade.
Next year we intend to put what we've heard into action and move closer to our goal of a fairer and more sustainable agricultural supply chain.
Before we do that though, it's important to highlight some of the amazing achievements we've had this year:
- Public Comments to FTUSA and Fair for Life Standard Revisions: The DFTA convened a group of stakeholders to review the proposed revised standards for both Fair Trade USA and Fair for Life. These comments help ensure that certifications are continually improving their standards, especially as more begin to certify in the United States and Canada.
- Real Food Platform: We helped to craft the Fair and Competitive Markets plank of the HEAL Food Alliance Real Food Platform. This platform will serve as a unifying call to action and a political compass for transformation in our food system.
- 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference: We planned a conference this past December in Portland, Oregon filled with domestic fair trade tours, 11 workshops and panel sessions, distinguished speakers, and of course, our DFTA membership meeting.
- 1st Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award to Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ): The DFTA gave our first annual award to an independent farmworker union in Burlington, WA that historically won a union after a three year fight for fairness on berry farms.
- Strategic Planning: A committee of dedicated DFTA members worked throughout the year to create a concrete strategic planning document to guide the work of the organization forward for the next 3 years.
Getting to know everyone in this organization over this past year has been such a privilege. I look forward to continuing our work together in 2017. Till next year!
Erika A. Inwald
P.S. It's your last chance to support the DFTA in 2016!
to help us work toward a healthy, just, and sustainable agricultural supply chain.