Archive for 2014

Banana Sunday in Cherry Burton

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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Aimeth and children with some of her bananas

Aimeth and children with some of her bananas

Cherry Burton welcomed Aimeth Fernandez Angulo to the village on Sunday 9th March 2014 – “Banana Sunday”! Aimeth is a banana farmer and manager of a banana growers’ co-operative in the Magdalena region of northern Colombia. She grows bananas on her small farm of 1.3 hectares, producing around 67 boxes (1.2 tonnes) of bananas a week. She has been employed by the co-operative, ASOBANARCOOP, for 26 years, using her skills as a trained economist with extensive experience in business management.

The co-operative was set up in 1987 by 17 small-scale farmers who formed an association to collectively export their bananas and improve their livelihoods. It now has 44 members, including 11 women. The average farm size is three hectares with an average annual yield of 30 tonnes of bananas per hectare, providing 80% of the farmers’ incomes. Fairtrade sales now account for 90% of the total, with ASOBANARCOOP Fairtrade bananas available in The Co-operative, Sainsbury’s, and Spar.

We were privileged to have Aimeth as our guest, and to hear her compelling story of the difference it makes to her life if we buy Fairtrade bananas!

Banana Sunday!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Excitement is mounting in Cherry Burton as we prepare for the visit of a banana farmer from Colombia as the highlight of our Fairtrade Fortnight 2014. On Sunday 9th March the farmer will spend the day in our village, talking to the children in the morning about what it’s like to grow bananas, and telling us in the afternoon what difference it makes to their life being able to sell them as Fairtrade. The afternoon event will be held in the St. Michael Centre, behind the church, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, and there will be a Fairtrade stall and refreshments on the banana theme. All welcome – please let us know you are coming!

Watch this space for further details of this and other events in Fairtrade Fortnight 2014!

Indian Fairtrade Banquet

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

St. Michael’s Church will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight in 2014 with an Indian meal with Fairtrade ingredients on Friday 28th March – please note that this event has had to be postponed from February. The evening starts at 7.00pm in the St. Michael Centre,with 3 enticing curries of varying strengths, accompaniments, desserts, and beers available. Recorded music and live readings of British Indian experiences. Tickets are available at £12.50 each in advance from Alan Woodhead (01964 550191), or Costcutter Stores, Main Street, Cherry Burton.