Settle Fair Trade Community

Food, Local Action

Settle fair trade community. Thanks to the hard work of ACE’s food group, to all the businesses that sell fair trade goods locally and others including the support of Settle Primary School, Settle Town Council, Settle Churches and Liz Roodhouse, from Skipton Fairtrade, Settle has now become accredited as a fair trade community.

To celebrate this achievement the food group held a Coffee Morning on 19th August at the Quaker Meeting House.

Melanie Fryer, the group’s co-ordinator commented ‘we were so lucky to be able to sit outside in the dry and it was very enjoyable. There was a whole range of excellent Fairtrade goods on sale from Liz Roodhouse of Fairtrade Skipton, information on Shared Interest and Plastic Free Settle had a stall’.

Fairtrade status was awarded in July after the group had run many events during Fairtrade Fortnight, created a Flowerpot Man for display during Settle’s Flowerpot Festival and received unanimous support from Settle Town Council.

We have been asked to repeat it and will be having a stall at ACE’s December Green Cafe on the 9th December, at which we will be planning other fair trade related events for 2024.

Settle joins other local fairtrade communities in Ingleton, Skipton, Embsay with Eastby and further afield in Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford.

Fairtrade status means that the community is engaged in promoting ethically sourced products. When you see the FAIRTRADE mark on any product, you can be sure that the farmers who produced it are guaranteed a fair price for their crop which covers production costs. They also receive a premium that they can invest in projects to benefit their communities, such as education and health care. The farmers earn enough to look after their families properly and plan for the future. The Fairtrade mark can now be found on over 3000 products from more than 200 companies.