Fairtrade Fortnight to receive visit from special guest

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 February 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight will be held this month.

Fairtrade Fortnight will be held this month.

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A Central American coffee farmer will visit North Somerset next month for Fairtrade Fortnight.

The Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Fairtrade group will welcome Urania Hernandez to the villages in early March.

Urania is an organic coffee farmer who lives and works in La Perla in Nicaragua.

St Katherine’s School and Crockerne Primary School will both host Urania for a day to give pupils a chance to hear about her lifestyle, her farming practice, how she combats the challenges of climate change and what benefits she and her community are gaining from their Fairtrade certification.

St Katherine’s students across the business, ethics, Spanish and hospitality subjects will spend time with Urania on March 6, as well as serving up Fairtrade foods at The Leaf training restaurant.

Crockerne’s pupils will continue their education on Fairtrade by hearing about Urania and her work.

She will stay in the village on March 5-6 and be a guest at the community supper at Pill Methodist Church on the first night.

Urania started growing coffee on one hectare of land and now, through the support of the brand and other initiatives, has two and a half hectares. She has built a house for her family and trained as an agro-ecological engineer.

The visit was set up through the Bristol Link with Nicaragua (BLINC), making St Katherine’s and Crockerne school the first to host a BLINC visitor during Fairtrade Fortnight in North Somerset.

Fairtrade group co-ordinator Sue Tuckwell said: “It is great to give people the opportunity to hear directly from farmers such as Urania. It is a special pleasure for Pill to host Urania as the village has just been re-awarded its Fairtrade Village status.”

Easton-in-Gordano, Pill and Ham Green were first awarded the status in 2010 and retained it through achieving goals such as selling Fairtrade produces in local shops and the strong support from residents, businesses, parish councillors and schools.

The fortnight-long event will run from February 26 to March 9 with more events set to take place.

Fairtrade symbols appear on products to show disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. There are more than 5,000 products with the mark.

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