August Green Drinks!

Green Drinks is a chance to network, share news, and hear updates about sustainability projects and upcoming events. Everyone is welcome to attend.This month’s event is Friday, August 31rst, 7pm–8:30pm at RevelationsTalking points will begin at 7:30pm and include
*Presentation of the Local Rockstar award to August’s winner, Lonnie Gamble
*An introduction to Macro7, an innovative new website designed to support knowledge sharing and incubate projects and non-profits

*Fairfield Volunteer Center’s latest project

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Lonnie Gamble, Local Rockstar
EcoFairfield Green Drinks takes place the last Friday of every month in a Fairfield restaurant. Talking points presentations start at 7:30pm and finish before 8pm, allowing plenty of time for discussion, networking, and enjoying drinks or food. If you would like to suggest a restaurant location or talking points for the next Green Drinks event, please e-mail ecofairfield@gmail.com.

Wooden Wheel Winery

By Jan Swinton

The Wooden Wheel Winery at1179 Hwy 92 is a new work in a Century Farm setting.  Owned by Mike and Connie Vincent, the renovations to the old barn have made the farm a rural destination for weddings and other special occasions.  You are welcome at the tasting room most any day, but this special farm crawl event gives you an opportunity to see the workings of the grape crushing, wine processing and bottling as well as walk through the vineyards.  

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Where the tall corn once stood, there are now long rows of grape arbors.  Several varieties of grapes grown on the farm are carefully blended, fermented and sweetened to create a locally delicious new wine.  You can taste and purchase this delicious wine on the farm crawl.  

The new building on the property is a grapes-to-wine processing and bottling center for this family-owned winery.  The whole operation is one of 6 stops on the Hometown Harvest Farm Crawl set for Sunday, September 9, from noon to 6pm.  You are welcome to tour any of these farms in any order on that day.  Maps of the whole route are available at each farm, and at the Fairfield HyVee & Everybody’s Grocery.  For more information, please call the Hometown Harvest office at 641-472-6177. 

Meet the Team: Our Logo Designer Paul J. Morehead

“My mission as a storyteller is to promote the possibilities of human potential through all forms of visual storytelling. By using only the most efficient, sustainable solutions in my process I can limit the impact on my environment to best serve our planet.” 
– Paul J. Morehead Jr. Animator/Storyteller/Teacher

It is rare you will find Paul J. Morehead without a sketchbook. At first you may assume Paul is an archeologist marking a site for excavation. Or a foreigner or tourist recording his journey. Both of these assumptions are not far off. When Paul isn’t scribbling, animating, or teaching the “art of seeing,” he is contemplating life’s mysteries, practicing Transcendental Medtation, performing healing work or DJing a gig in his hometown Fairfield, IA. Paul holds a BA in Digital Media from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), a certificate from VanArts 2D animation program in Vancouver, Canada. Most recently he completed a semester of Classical Life Drawing from The Animation Workshop in Denmark. If you ask him what he does, he will say, “I am a storyteller. A visual artist, sure. But that comes afterward. I let the message dictate the medium.”

Working as a professional freelance animator/illustrator for the past three years, Paul landed his first job as the lead animator and creative consultant for Grasshorse Animation Studios, in Mt. Pleasant, IA. It was there he co-taught a three-week intensive on the fundamentals of animation to a variety of Midwesterners, in the hopes to prepare potential Grasshorse employees. The recorded lectures from this class also helped initiate the new animation program at the Southeast Community College. At Grasshorse he received two Gold Addy Awards for ‘Best of TV’, and ‘Interactive Media Categories.’ Paul has also given animation lectures at MUM, the OCC University in Beijing, China, and taught a summer drawing & animation camp in Fairfield, IA. Recently co-teaching a workshop through the Beauty Shop’s ‘Musician Residency Program’ with Denver native, Laura Goldhamer.

Paul has a deep-rooted appreciation for of all forms of visual storytelling. Paul is currently writing a series of Modern “Micro Myths” for the awakening generation of young adults.

“My goal is to create an online interactive community that unifies different traditional cultures and spiritual backgrounds to a new understanding through storytelling. It will be a platform of learning how to reclaim our indigenous power by celebrating what makes us human. Company Motto: Educate, alleviate then celebrate. Educate people about life’s mystery, alleviate fear from separation, difference, or the unknown, and celebrate the universal nature of our species.”

 Thanks Paul for creating this beautiful logo, and best of luck with all your endeavors!

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The Cultured Goat

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By Jan Swinton

Dean Goodale’s Sustainable Farms Development Group has just started a new enterprise: The Cultured Goat Dairy. This is the second dairy processing facility currently operating in Jefferson County, and has been selling fresh chevre goat cheese in three flavors: honey, herb and plain since July. They also plan on selling a goat Camembert in the near future .The milking, processing and cheese culturing is all done on the farm in a state inspected facility located on 140th St. north of Fairfield.

Although the cheese is not yet certified organic, sustainable practices are in place on the farm. The goat herd plays and grazes on Certified Organic pastures, they eat Certified Organic hay and some organic grain as well. Starting this fall their corn will be from the farm’s certified organic corn crop that appears to be holding up relatively well during this year’s drought.

“The Cultured Goat” Cheese is available at Hy-Vee and Everybody’s in Fairfield and is served at the Top of the Rock and The Crepe Escape restaurants. In Iowa City The Cultured Goat can be found at the 1st Ave, Waterfront and Coralville Hy-Vee stores as well as both New Pioneer Coops.

This farm operation is one of 6 stops on the Hometown Harvest Farm Crawl set for Sunday, September 9, from noon to 6pm. The public is welcome to tour any of these farms in any order on that day. Maps of the whole route are available at each farm, and at the Fairfield HyVee & Everybody’s Grocery. For more information, please call the Hometown Harvest office at 641-472-6177.

Back to the Basics Farm

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Barb Grijalva is the gardener at “Back to the Basics Farm” just north of Fairfield: 2254
136th Blvd. Barb’s traditional Iowa garden has all of the normal seasonal vegetables
grown naturally along a mile of gravel road. “This has been an unusual year,” says
Grijalva, “we started so early, and then the sweetcorn was ready for harvest in June!”
Farm Market regulars will recognize Barb from her tables at the Fairfield Market. Her
baseball cap and pony tail let you know that she’s been out working in the sun. Her
helpful attitude and friendly service show why she is a favorite at the market.

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A visit to her farm proves to be an adventure! The old barn that was built in the 1800’s
burned to the ground from a lightning bolt a few years ago, leaving behind the limestone
foundation. Barb is dismantling the piles of stone and re-constructing it to form a
more contemporary landscape. This creative attitude is apparent throughout the farm
operation.

Back to the Basics Farm is one of 6 stops on the Hometown Harvest “Savor the Flavor”
Farm Crawl set for Sunday, September 9, from noon to 6pm. You are welcome to tour
any of these farms in any order on that day. Maps of the whole route are available at
each farm, and at the Fairfield HyVee & Everybody’s Grocery. For more information,
please call the Hometown Harvest office at 641-472-6177.