Fair Trade Fridays

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Saint Mary's is a FAIR TRADE COLLEGE! We are committed to sourcing coffee, tea, chocolate and other products from growers that ensure fair wages, safe working conditions and that use sustainable practices. Fair Trade directly connects with the fidelity of our educational mission, Catholic principles and Lasallian identity. 

Upcoming Events:


Fall 2019 Fair Trade Fridays

September 13  |  October 11  |  November 22

One Friday each month, the Mission and Ministry Center welcomes the SMC community to enjoy free fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate samples, while learning about the importance of Fair Trade. We also have Fair Trade items for sale (cash & check only, please).

Fair Trade Friday

Featured Articles

Saint Mary's First NorCal Higher-Ed Institution to Achieve Fair Trade Designation

First Fair Trade Friday of the year: SMC shows encouragement for fair and safe working conditions

Monthly Fair Trade Friday becomes MMC tradition

Past Fair Trade Events

True Cost Film Screening Wednesday April 24, 2019

True Cost Film

Fair Trade isn't only about chocolate, tea and coffee... your clothing can be Fair Trade too! Come watch this film with us, and find out how the fashion industry and your clothing choices have an impact on human trafficking.  A Panel discussion will follow the film, and DINNER will be PROVIDED!


Fair Trade Holiday Fair
Friday, November 30th Dryden Hall

Fair Trade Holiday Fair


Fair Trade Holiday Fair
Friday, December 2, 2016 Dryden Hall

Fair Trade Holiday Fair

Fair Trade Bake Off
February 28, 12:30-1:30PM, Dryden Hall

Thank you to everyone who participated in, and attended, the Fair Trade Bake off!

Special thanks go out to our awesome judges and the Sodexo staff, particularly Matt Carroll and Chef Anton for providing many of the ingredients for our participants. 

Congratulations to the winners!

  • Best Overall - Colleen O'Healy da Silva, Cardamom Pu-erh Ice Cream
  • Best Sweet Entry - Basha Starr, Millionaire's Shortbread
  • Best Savory Entry - Hope Huber, Butternut and Yam Vegan Soup
  • Best Gluten-Free Entry - Nancy Yuen, Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake

Fair Trade Bake Off

Fair Trade Festival

Brought to you by the Fair Trade Committee, Sodexo, and Mission and Ministry Center...

Saint Mary's celebrates it's status as a Fair Trade College with this yearly free Fair Trade Festival, happening on Friday April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee, chocolate, tea, handicrafts, and other Fair Trade goods will be available - both free samples and items for purchase. Enjoy a BBQ - free for students and $5 for faculty, staff, and all other festival guests.

Vendors & Fair Trade organizations, providing educational materials, free samples, and/or items for purchase, will include:

  • Alter Eco
  • Asante Network
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Equal Exchange
  • Fair Trade USA
  • GrubMarket
  • Guayaki 
  • Heavenly Treasures
  • Hi-ball Energy Drinks
  • Natural Candy Store
  • Numi Tea
  • Sodexo & Legacy Garden
  • Three Twins Ice Cream
  • Whole Foods

Fair Trade Festival and BBQ Flyer