We’ve done it. Our little town has become a Fair Trade Town, the first in Colorado and the 14th in the nation, much to the contribution of the Buena Vista Roastery. Here is the post from TransFair USA.
By Guest Blogger Joel Benson
Our small community in central Colorado has been working rather hard to put its best foot forward, sustainably. In 2005 a group of forward thinking individuals started our regionâ€™s first and only New Urbanist subdivision. We have the longest whitewater park in Colorado, more fourteen thousand foot peaks than anywhere in the country, and Galdling has recently listed Buena Vista as the number one â€œBest Outdoor Destination with Everythingâ€, alongside such places as Auckland New Zealand, Quito Ecuador, Vancouver BC and others.
Well, it only seems fit that our group of concerned and active citizens has worked with Fair Trade Towns USA to make Buena Vista the First Fair Trade Town in Colorado. What pride we have for our community of 2200 people!
In early 2010, a group of 10 or so citizens, including Town Trustees, the Chairwoman of Planning and Zoning, business owners and managers, realtors, Chamber of Commerce representatives, and community event planners started the campaign. Within a month, the Town Trustees passed a resolution supporting Fair Trade and a few weeks later, the Chaffee County Times picked up our first press release.Â We were official.