Riding on Hope: Fair Trade Lattes, Tour Magic & More

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August, 2012
Pedal to Plate at Covenant Farm

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The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal
Fair Trade Edition

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Fair Trade InfographicHot August days have us thinking of Fair Trade. 

With 25% of Otesha HeadQuarters consistently blissful with an iced coffee in hand, we thought it a good month to reflect on how we can indulge in novelty treats in a way thatsupports communities, sound environmental practices, and justice. Is Fair Trade the answer?

There’s a lot to learn and no one-size-fits-all solution, so stay tuned on our website and social media channels as we explore more!

Click the infographic to learn more about Fair Trade
Use Black Gold’s Coffee Calculator to see where your money goes when you purchase a cup-o-joe
claremell goat farmTour Magic
“My mind is blown. Daily” – Sam Hand, Pedal to Plate 2012 O-lumna
Fourteen Canadians embarked on a pedal powered mission to deconstruct dinner this July. Otesha’s Pedal to Plate Tour wound around the Ottawa region, gleaning new knowledge, skills and inspiration from farmers, producers, academics, advocates and authors working in areas of food security and sustainability. Tour members left with bellies full, thighs strong, brains a buzzing and hearts energized to plunge into the food movement in their communities.
Best of all, the team has brought the tour to you – enjoy their Notes from the Roadand inspiring, informative videos here.
Walking the Talk
Otesha is an advocate of using daily actions to create the kind of world we’d like to live in…
So what actions are we up to these days?

Sprocket RockBYO…Mug?Factory Owl
That’s right! Sprocket Rock, a concert put on by Ottawa bands Urban Static and Factory Owl in support of yours truly (The Otesha Project!), was a fun night of dancing, bicycles and local brews. To avoid using disposables, guests were encouraged to BYOMug.  We now know how fun (or tricky) it is to pour beer into a variety of water bottles, travel mugs, jam jars and even yogurt containers!

Our gratitude goes to everyone that came out, the bands, local brewers Kitchesippi and BroadheadSol CuisineCamino (a Canadian Fair Trade champion!) and Cycle Salvation for making the event a success!
Otesha Stands in Solidarity with Katimavik
Hear Shirley Manh, Otesha’s Development Director, talking on CBC Ottawa Morning about the importance of the recently cut Katimavikyouth volunteer program. Click here.

Volunteer Call Out
training weekExperience the Magic and Mayhem of a Tour Training Week

The Water Works and Phenomenal Food Cycling and Performing Tours set off in a month! Their first 9 days together will be spent at Hidden Acres west of Kitchener, ON, learning about bike maintenance, safety and touring, building their mobile community, developing facilitation skills and learning Otesha’s play and workshops. Volunteer kitchen helpers and workshop facilitators are welcomed for varying time commitments between Aug 30th and Sept 9th. Contact Matt@otesha.ca to chat more!

O-lumni Lounge News, updates and opportunities specifically for the inspiring, incredible individuals who have completed an Otesha Tour.
ymca green roofGreen Festival

The Central YMCA in Toronto is hard at work preparing for the Y Green Festival on September 8th. They are eager to have some Otesha O-lumni at the festival to give a presentation, workshop, or to host an Otesha info table. If you’re up for dawning that inside out tee once again, catching some Yoga on the Y’s Green Roof, and sharing the Otesha message with T.O., get in touch with Kira@otesha.ca
Exclusive O-lumni Opportunity – Sustainability Champions Training
There are still a few opportunities left for O-lumni at the upcoming Natural Step Sustainability Champions Trainings. See what they’re all about here, then contact kira@otesha.ca if you’d like to take advantage of the Natural Step’s Otesha-O-lumni-Attend-Free offer!

Bikes Tubes and Gratitude from Matt, Kira, Elly, Shirley, Lindsey, Nicole, Edward and Sophie.

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