Fair Trade Campus

Acadia is working with our partners to become a Fair Trade Campus by September 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 business, based on partnerships between producers and consumers. Farmers 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

To earn the designation Acadia met a variety of requirements for the national program such as:

  • All coffee, three teas, and one chocolate Fair Trade certified product must be provided in all food service locations.
  • Develop an education program to raise awareness about Fair Trade.
  • Establish a Fair Trade Committee with staff, students and faculty.
  • Expand product line available such as fruit and sugar. 

Fair Trade Campus Week

Join us for a celebration of Fair Trade at Acadia during Fair Trade Week. Events are planned for the Acadia Students Union, The Acadia Community Farm, Wheelock Dining Hall and retail locations in partnership with Chartwells.


Schedule of Events

All Week

Look for Just Us! hot chocolate pop up and fair trade information booths across campus throughout the week courtesy of Chartwells. Plus enjoy fair trade baked goods at all retail locations. 

Stop by the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Café for 10% off all items made with fair trade ingredients. Bring your mug and receive 25% off Hacha Java coffee.  

Monday September 25th

All day at Perkins'
Enjoy a FREE fair trade coffee with reusable mug. Need a mug? Pick one up at Cajun's for 20% off the regular price.

2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Fair Trade Week Launch and Official Announcement
Location: Student Union Building 

The Acadia Sustainability Office and the Acadia Students’ Union invite you to join Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University, and Grace-Hamilton-Burge, President of the Acadia Students’ Union, to the launch of Fair Trade Week and an official announcement regarding a new campus initiative in partnership with the Canadian Fair Trade Network, Fairtrade Canada, and the Association Quebecoise du commerce Equitable. Plus enjoy free coffee, treats and live music courtesy of the ASU.


Wednesday September 28th


All day: Fair Trade Bake Sale

Stop by the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Café and Chartwells retail locations in Huggins, the BAC, and the Athletic Complex for delicious baked goods made with fair trade ingredients. 


Friday September 29th

Time: 4:30pm Open Mic @ the Farm with Just Us!

Location: Acadia Community Farm  

Join us at the Acadia Community Farm for a live music fundraiser sponsored by Just Us! Coffee Roasters.


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.

Acadia Fair Trade Student Club

The Acadia Fair Trade Club is a group of engaged students that promote an understanding of the principles of Fair Trade and the benefits of socially responsible consumption to local communities across Nova Scotia and beyond within the Acadia University community. If you have an interest in Fair Trade or want to learn more about the club please contact Noah Tompkins (127919t@acadiau.ca) or George Philp (124846p@acadiau.ca).


Acadia 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