Fair Trade Campus

Acadia is working with our partners to become a Fair Trade Campus by fall 2017. This would make Acadia the first university in the Maritimes to earn the designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network.

The Fair Trade Campus program recognizes colleges and universities demonstrating a strong commitment to fair trade. Fair trade is an alternative approach to trade, based on partnerships between producers and consumers. When farmers sell their products through fair trade, they receive a minimum price, improved terms, and a social premium that helps improve their lives and enables them to plan for their future.

Fair Trade Students
Students participate in Fair Trade Week at Acadia September 2016

Launch Week

Look for the official launch of the Fair Trade Campus Program at Acadia during Campus Fair Trade Week 2017. Events are planned for the Acadia Students Union, The Acadia Community Farm and Wheelock Dining Hall in partnership with Chartwells.  


Fair Trade Products at Acadia

Look for coffee, tea and chocolate at Wheelock Dining Hall, the Acadia Students' Union, The K.C. Irving Centre and food service outlets around campus. We are pleased to feature fair trade coffee from Just Us!, Roasters and Brown Gold.

Acadia Hacha Java Blend

Hacha Java In winter 2017 the Acadia Students' union in partnership with Chartwells and Just Us! hosted a taste test and student logo contest to select a custom coffee blend for Acadia University. Quentin Horvath, 4th year kinesiology student at Acadia, designed the winning logo, featured on the new blend available on campus. "Hacha" means axe in Spanish.

Where is Hacha Java Grown?

Hacha Java is a smooth blend of Peruvian and Guatemalan coffee. Coffee beans are purchased by Just Us! from a co-op in Asobagri, Guatemala and Incahuasi, Peru. Pictured below is one of the farmers harvesting ripe berries in Guatemala.  

Photo Credit: Just Us! Coffee Roasters. Picking coffee berries in Guatemala

Can I buy a bag of Hacha Java?

Yes, starting in September 2017 you can purchase Hacha Java on campus at the Union Market in the Students' Union Building as well as online from the Just Us! Store.

ASU Fair Trade Resolution

In July 2017 the Acadia Student's Union passed a resolution in support of the Fair Trade Campus program at Acadia. Read the resolution.

Fair Trade Education

As part of the Fair Trade program at Acadia, students are learning about the fair trade industry and life in small coffee growing communities. A recent international community development study tour included a home stay at Lucmabamba, Peru to learn about producing organic fair trade coffee from small producers in the community.

Acadia students learning to make coffee, from the tree to the cup, in Peru.

Fair Trade Committee

The Fair Trade program at Acadia is coordinated by a committee of staff, students and faculty. Contact any of the members for more information.

Jodie Noiles, Sustainability Coordinator,
Acadia Sustainability Office
Committee Chair

Grace Hamilton-Burge, President
Acadia Students’ Union
Committee Vice-Chair

George Philp, Sustainability Officer
Acadia Students’ Union

Dr. Alan Warner
Department of Community Development

Dr. Jim Grant
Manning School of Business

Laura Miller, Director Food Services

Jennifer Kennedy, Food Services Manager
Acadia Students’ Union