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Equal Exchange Organic & Fair Trade Fundraiser Chocolate Giveaway

{This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to #101, NewMommiezBlends} I recently came across the Equal Exchange Organic & Fair Trade Fundraising program. If you're like me, then your kids come home with at least one school fundraising project each month. And they are usually required to sell junk we don't need or food that's unhealthy. It really bothers me. They usually go right in my recycling bin.

I may, however, take a look at an organic fundraising program. I am a big proponent of buying local, organically produced products. The Equal Exchange Organic & Fair Trade Fundraiser program is a way for green families to raise money for their schools or organizations while still supporting their values.

Take a look below to read more about the program:


The Equal Exchange Fundraiser allows schools and community groups to make money (40% profit), while benefiting small organic farmers and artisans around the globe. The fundraiser features organic and fairly traded coffees, teas, cocoas, nuts & berries, and handmade gift wrap (tree-free!) from Equal Exchange, and beautiful gifts for the home from Ten Thousand Villages(www.tenthousandvillages.com). The Equal Exchange Fundraiser works both as an event and/or catalog sale and is an easy way to both make money for the school, while reinforcing classroom values of social and environmental responsibility and global citizenship.
Equal Exchange’s unique fundraising program also includes FREE educational materials to empower teachers to delve deeper into the issues surrounding Fair Trade and cooperative economics: www.equalexchange.coop/educationaltools




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  1. This program seems wonderful. Any chance to get the word out there to care about others AND the environment is great! Props to them.
    Lauren
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  2. I tweeted your giveaway here: http://twitter.com/dopeymouse05/status/13748353847 (1)
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  3. I tweeted your giveaway here: http://twitter.com/dopeymouse05/status/13748353847 (2)
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  4. I follow Equal Exchange on Twitter @dopeymouse05.
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  5. I follow Equal Exchange on Twitter @dopeymouse05. (2)
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  6. I "like" Equal Exchange on Facebook. (1)
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  7. I "like" Equal Exchange on Facebook. (2)
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  8. I follow you on Twitter @dopeymouse05.
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  9. I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
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  10. I am a feedburner subscriber.
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  11. By participating in this program, you:

    * Raise money for your school or organization.
    * Sell high-quality, organic foods that people enjoy every day.
    * Teach children that their everyday choices make a difference in the lives of others.
    * Support sustainable farming methods that help cool the planet.
    Sounds GREAT!

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  12. I love the program - they have a great variety of farmers and their website looks very professional.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  13. I follow your blog with google friend connect!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  14. The program sounds incredibly worthwhile, and I respect their efforts to reach out to farmer co-ops around the world and to make an effort to bring people of different faiths together for the common good of enhancing sustainability and free trade. Thanks for spreading the word, and for the chance to enter!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  15. This is a worth while program. I love this part of it: The Equal Exchange Fundraising Team also developed a Fair Trade curriculum and pen pal exchange program to help connect US children selling the chocolate with the children of the farmers who grow what they sold.

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  16. I subscribe in google reader feed

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  17. Tweet #1
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  20. great program I signed up for there email
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  21. I checked out the website and I think it a good way for consumers to be ecologically and socially conscious about where we purchase our food and at the same time enjoy a delicious product.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  22. I think Equal Exchange is a great program, perfect to teach kids about sharing and fundraising!

    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. I follow EE on Twitter-pyrodamsel

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  25. Christie
    ropp(dot)5@wright(dot)edu

    I love the fair trade curriculum!

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  26. This is such a great program. I am so sick of JUNK fundraisers! I'm going to forward this on to my daughter's nursery school. So very cool!

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  27. I like that they work with farmers from all over the world!
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  28. I'm now following equal exchange on twitter post #1
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  29. I'm now following you on GFC
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  30. I'm now following you on twitter @themodestmom
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  31. Raising money towards education is always good!

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  32. I definitly support things like this. I will be sending this to my address book! Awesome!

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  33. I really like the fact that they are encouraging small farmers to democratically organize cooperatives. We really have to support the small farmers, they need all the help they can get.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  34. I am a email subscriber.
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  35. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
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  36. Looks like an interesting concept, better than buying magazine subscriptions.

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  37. It is refreshing to see a wonderful new idea!
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  38. This program is so much better than a lot of the programs in schools. I remember selling candy but it was Hersheys, and MUCH better than popcorn and Hillshire farm-type baskets.

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  39. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/13790240195

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  40. My second entry for tweeting!

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  41. My third entry for tweeting!

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  42. I follow equal exchange on twitter! #1

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  43. I follow equal exchange on twitter! #2 @michrick8185

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  44. I follow you on twitter! @michrick8185

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  45. I am a GFC follower!

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  46. This looks like a great fundraiser program for schools -- to teach kids worthwhile lessons and support fair trade.

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  47. I love the program! I think it's a great way to teach kids the importance of fair trade as well as a really cool new way to do fundraisers!

    Ulkieab at gmail dot com

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  48. I am a follower.

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  49. I think that it is a wonderful program, that helps promote and sustain local farmers and artisans. While doing so helping the community to become more environmentally aware and promote healthy lifestyles.

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  50. I tweeted about this giveaway.


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  51. I tweeted about this giveaway.#2


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  52. I tweeted about this giveaway.#3


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  53. I follow equal exchange on twitter.


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  54. I follow equal exchange on twitter.#2


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  55. I follow equal exchange on facebook.


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  56. I follow equal exchange on facebook.#2

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  57. I follow you on twitter.


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  58. I follow you on google friend connect.


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  60. I like that the products are fair trade products.
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  61. wow, great program. the kids know their efforts in fundraising are going for a good cause.
    polly
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  62. email subscriber
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  63. publicly follow gfc
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  64. I like that it is something different than what is usually being sold--organic chocolate! I know I could get some moms to buy some of that!

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  65. This is a great program!!! I will give it to friends on the local booster.

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  66. Wow...you get to raise money for your school AND support sustainable farming! How great!

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  67. Tweet!!
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  68. Excellent! I'll be suggesting this to our school. Love the idea of teaching/helping our kids and others as well. Same with the organic foods. I'd stop in my tracks to buy some from a fundraiser.

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  69. What a fabulous program! Win (fund raising), win (teaching kids about organic and fair trade), win (farmers and earth)!

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  70. As a teacher I thought it was great that the company offers curriculum for grades 4 – 9 called Win Win Solutions: An Introduction to Fair Trade and Cooperative Economics and you can download it:) Thanks for the chance to win this

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  71. My daily tweet!

    http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/13859597302

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  72. I love the program. Great for teaching children.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  73. I think this is a terrific program! It's so important to educate kids on issues like fair trade... especially with the chocolate industry. It's often child slaves who make the wheels go round for big chocolate companies in the US.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  74. I like it because it isn't just about raising $$ for an organization here but people who it comes from also make $$ I LOVE that

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  75. tweet #1
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  77. tweet #3
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  78. It's not just for chocolate. They also offer coffee and teas.

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  79. follow you on Twitter
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  80. Im following Equal Exchange on Twitter #1

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  81. Im following Equal Exchange on Twitter #2 (they should tweet more often! @nankani)

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  82. I "Like" Equal Exchange on Facebook #1

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  83. I "Like" Equal Exchange on Facebook #2

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  84. i am a feedburner subscriber

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  85. I think this program is great-- exemplary in trying to educated communities about the importance of fair trade. I remember my mom getting Equal Exchange coffee from her church bazaars.


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  86. I think this is great; I love that they have a curriculum program to go along with the fundraiser; when I was in school there was no educational or cultural development aspect along with the fundraiser, it was just about the $$. This is about social responsibility too - that's wonderful.

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  87. I follow with Google Friend Connect
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  88. I love that these 3 guys started this in 1 country and are now involving the whole world. Awesome! Wish we could get more schools to participate in this kind of fundraiser. They'd be killing two birds with one stone.

    Chelle

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  89. Tweet
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  90. While I object to making children sell stuff to fund their educational activities, this program is better than any I have seen.

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  91. I LIKE THAT THEY HAVE AN EVENT OR CATALOG OPTION FOR FUNDRAISING
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  92. what a great way to support small farmers!

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  93. i love the idea!! organic, sustainable, chocolate/tea/etc... what could be better than that?!
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  94. equal exchange twitter follower @yourstowin
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  95. i follow you on twitter @yourstowin
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  96. GFC follower
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  98. tweet http://twitter.com/YoursToWin/status/13953081118
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  99. tweet 2 http://twitter.com/YoursToWin/status/13953081118
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  100. tweet 3 http://twitter.com/YoursToWin/status/13953081118
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  101. This is great program. I would love it.

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  102. I think it's a great program for schools, churches and other groups. And while I like supporting small farmers, I also like Equal Exchange offers a curriculum to teach kids about fair trade. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  103. I think this part of the programme is great:
    Teach children that their everyday choices make a difference in the lives of others.

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  104. I follow on Google Friend

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  105. There are so many different fair trade products, snacks and gifts that could be used for fundraiser. How nice to raise funds and help others in the world at the same time. Makes those dorr knocking people less annoying.

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  106. what a great program to teach kids the value of fundraising and benefits of organic fair trade!

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  107. I like how they educate children about the importance of so many of today's issues.

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  108. #1

    I tweeted about this giveaway today.

    http://twitter.com/rjwhiggins/status/13989320506

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  109. #2

    I tweeted about this giveaway today.

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  110. #3

    I tweeted about this giveaway today.

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  111. I follow Equal Exchange on Twitter.

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  112. #2

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  113. I follow you on Twitter.

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  117. #1

    I follow Equal Exchange on Facebook

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  118. #2

    I follow Equal Exchange on Facebook

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  119. Certainly done for a very worthy cause

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  120. DT
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  121. Sounds like a fantastic program. Teaching children and helping people. What can be wrong with that.
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  122. follow with google friend connect
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  123. follow @suburbanjung
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  124. Follow Equal Exchange on twitter #1
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  125. Follow Equal Exchange on twitter #2
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  126. like Equal Exchange on FB
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  127. like Equal Exchange on FB #2
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  128. I like that you can sell great stuff for fundraisers instead of stupid stuff like garbage bags.
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  129. I like that the program teached children that their everyday choices make a difference in the lives of others.
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  130. I'm following @suburbanjung on twitter. (jentamar)
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  131. I follow on Google friend connect.
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  132. Daily
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  133. I think this is a great program and hope that others support their work and buy those products even though the price may be higher than the stuff in your local grocery stores.
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  134. Sweetscove is a GFC follower.
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  135. email subscriber
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  136. Very worthy project and mission - I love that it's connecting people of different backgrounds with a common goal of sustainability and fair trade
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  137. Terrific fundraising idea! sustainable, gives back, organic..

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  138. Their curriculum is very thorough - I thought the module on 'the problem with our food system' was particularly well done.

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  139. Following EE_Fundraising on twitter as ky2here1.

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  140. Following SuburbanJung on twitter as ky2here1.

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  141. Here's my tweet:

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  142. Also following on google friend connect as kycouple2000.

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  143. I think the program is wonderful to get the news out there on the importance of fair trade.

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  144. They work with farmers from all over the world - so great!

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  145. Follow you on Twitter - susitravl

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  146. Tweet Equal Exchange & Fair Trade chocolate giveaway @suburbanjung

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  147. I am a teacher, so I am very interested in this type of fundraising, but for our area the prices are probably too high. I do like that in the fundraiser section you can download the order forms, posters, etc.

    granthamkk at yahoo dot com

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  148. this seems like a much better program then I have seen before from school fundraisers

    I would be more likely to purchase form one like this.

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  149. This program sounds awesome! I was never able to participate in any fundraisers like this as a kid, but I think its great for kids to be aware of the world & also learn about giving back.

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  150. following you on twitter (@woozlewozzle)

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  151. following EE on twitter (@woozlewozzle) #1

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  152. following EE on twitter (@woozlewozzle) #2

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  153. like'd EE on facebook (anna lene) #1

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  154. like'd EE on facebook (anna lene) #2

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  155. subscribed via feedburner (RSS)

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  156. Tweet! http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/14220290258

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  157. This is definitely a better idea than the candy, popcorn, etc, which usually make up the fundraising efforts. In addition, even those not yet into the ecological benefits would likely be willing to buy because the products are so good.

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  158. Google friend follower

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  159. Fair trade programs are an important part of preserving the environment and promoting human dignity. Educating our children about the role they play is also important. This is a wonderful program. Thanks.

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  160. I am really interested in the program. I love the idea of fair trade, it is a good idea although I wonder if fair trade certification costs farmers extra and therefore hurts their ability to be profitable.

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  161. This is a great program. I wish it had been around when my daughter was school-aged

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  162. It looks interesting.
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  163. Tweet! http://twitter.com/Michrick8185/status/14293509596

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  164. Sounds like an amazing program, I'd love to be a part of it, thanks!

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  165. By participating in this program, you:

    * Raise money for your school or organization.
    * Sell high-quality, organic foods that people enjoy every day.
    * Teach children that their everyday choices make a difference in the lives of others.
    * Support sustainable farming methods that help cool the planet.

    What a great idea!
    trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  166. Wow! This is a great idea!

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  167. What an excellent idea. I checked the prices on tea and they are great!

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  168. I really dont like the idea of children having to sell items but this seems better than most
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  169. I think it's an awesome idea! I'd love to have my kids' school participate!

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  170. I love that this Co-ops been running for over 20yrs now! :)
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  171. blogged :)
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  172. blogged :)
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  173. blogged :)
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  174. blogged :)
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  175. blogged :)
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  176. following @suburbanjung on twitter (@ribadness)
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  177. tweeted - http://twitter.com/ribadness/status/14339476257
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  179. tweeted - http://twitter.com/ribadness/status/14339476257
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  180. Following Equal Exchange on Twitter (@ribadness)
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So I bought my first pair - I used a $10 off coupon and first time customers got free shipping. (This link will give you $10 off if you decide to give them a go.)

The first thing I did when they arrived was try them on. They fit well and looked really good. Fancy even? Well, maybe not for most people but they had lace and that is fancy in my world. I then tested them with a syringe of water to be sure that they could actually hold the liquid they claimed. They passed.

I bought the hiphu…

How to Make Raw Almond Butter using a Blender (Vitamix)

You CAN make your own almond butter (peanut, cashew, sunflower, or ANY nut butter.) It's fast and easy - and you can do it in a blender!

If you love almond butter, then I'd highly recommend learning how to make it yourself. I buy raw almondsfor about $3 a pound, so the savings aren't huge, but knowing what goes into my almond butter is priceless. 
What goes in? Nothing but almonds. You can certainly add salt, cocoa powder, sugar, honey, or whatever floats your boat - but the truth is - you don't have to! 
You can roast the almonds and have a rich nutty flavored almond butter or you can make it raw (which to me - tastes more like cookie dough mixed with peanut butter, yums.)
Here's the deal: you don't need to add oils or anything else. A vitamix blender
(or other similarly powerful blender) can handle it.  
Here's a video of me making raw almond butter. I used about 3 cups (measured by a 5 year old - so about 3 cups is fine). 

You will notice a lot of icky …

Can you fix broken plants with tape? - yes you can!

Can you fix broken plants with tape? YESSSSSS! Read on to hear how I have done it many times and how you can fix your plants too.
A snapped Blueberry plant repaired with electrical tape and twine
I take care of a lot of plants. And when I run out of plants, I take care of my neighbors'. Every once-in-a-while, I learn something that's worth sharing. This is one of those things.

I found out that you CAN save plants by using tape. This winter, someone stepped on the main stem of one of my blueberry bushes and snapped it in half. I noticed it as soon as the snow melted and was devastated. It takes 3 years for a blueberry bush to "be ready" and it was year three. And the main stem was snapped clean off.

So I did what anybody would do in an emergency like this. I hit the garage for whatever tape I could find. My husband had recently taught me that electrical tape sticks to nothing - but itself. And it sticks to itself well.
I grabbed the electrical tape from this tool bench …