Make A Difference Day

Join many volunteers in Fairfield to create a difference on Make a Difference Day this Saturday, October 27th, 10am-4pm.

What is Make A Difference Day?

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Where?Three Sites – You Choose:
1. PreRestore Habitat for Humanity
2. St. Mary’s
3. 908 W. BroadwayWhat?
Cleaning, Painting, Organizing, Creating

Because every effort counts towards a better experience in Fairfield. I think that is good enough. What do you think?

Every place will have a facilitator to facilitate action!

RSVP: – with subject line Make a Difference & Site Name – in body please give us your contact information

Learn about EcoFairfield: more about Make a Difference Day:

October Green Drinks!

Time to gather once again, appreciate Local Rockstar Francis Thicke, share community news and sustainability projects, visit with old friends and make new ones. And of course, enjoy some food and beverage.

Location: Revelations Cafe and Bookstore, 112 N Main Street.  We will be in the side room at the big corner table.

When: Friday October 26, 7-8:30 pm

7:30pm: Local Rockstar Appreciation by Patrick Bosold
followed by
Talking Points:
*New Adopt-A-Shelf program at the PreReStore

*Make a Difference Day, Saturday October 27th

*Local coach and entrepreneur Seth Braun’s new book, Indestructible Success

E-mail talking point suggestions to or call 641-233-1138 and leave a message with your name, the topic, and how to contact you. Please note talking points should be 1-3 minutes

Something You Just Don’t See Often


When was the last time you walked into a bookstore and saw a stand with a prominent display that said,
“Ultimate Success Book For Conscious, Creative, Holistically Minded Entrepreneur Business Owners”

– it just doesn’t happen… you have to wade through a bunch of books on marketing, sales, money, speaking, goal-setting, time management, productivity, spirituality and then weave them together on your own…

Not Any More!

Our very own Seth Braun has done it with his new book, Indestructible Success: Creative Entrepreneurship and The Art of Small Business. 


For a limited time, you can get an expanded package of excellent content for FREE (including eBooks, Videos and Audio from thought leaders around the country)

If you are serious about success, this could be the best $25 investment you can make in your career.

But don’t take my word for it, check out what other have to say:

“Seth Braun’s message is a professional and spiritual transmission. This book works on you from the inside out, evoking a new level of clarity, purpose and power. Lots of books provide skills and strategies–this one makes you want to wake up, stand up, and joyfully create the destiny that is yours alone.”
– Jeff Salzman, Founder of Career Track, Integral Thought Leader

Now there is an ulterior motive here… I have to be honest… we are also trying to help Seth get Indestructible Success up to the Amazon Best-Seller Ranking. In the first 12 hours, the book went from #29,843 to #4,442 to #3,000 this morning… (probably higher by the time you read this)

I think it would be kind of cool to have another best-seller from Fairfield, don’t you?


Local Rockstar Lonnie Gamble-“Earth Care, People Care and Resource Share”

Written and presented by Molly Reiff at August Green Drinks, Friday August 31, 2012


Anyone who knows Lonnie probably knows a bit about Permaculture because it is very likely that that Permaculture is the reason you know him in the first place.  A broad topic indeed, it can be boiled down to 3 basic principles…Earth Care, People Care, Resource Share.  That is the lens through which I will talk about Lonnie tonight…

Earth Care

I’ve known Lonnie for 4 years now.  We first met when I returned to my hometown of FF to attend a PDC course through Big Green Summer in June of 2008.  I arrived at what I still think to be the most beautiful part of FF-the rolling hills of Lonnie’s homestead, which he opened to strangers to come together for 2 weeks to listen/learn/share/grow.  The classroom was a strawbale barn equipped with rainwater catchment/composting toilets, garden beds galore and was truly a living laboratory for attendees to experience the delights of being off the grid for two weeks, creating the ideal compost mix, open-air shared meals harvested two steps from the table, sometimes learning inside the classroom with walls that breathe and sometimes under a tree or busy at work/play learning a new set of skills and seeing things with new eyes.

He has had virtually no utility bill for 20 some years, lives a lifestyle fueled by renewable energy sources-rain, wind, sun. Leaving that kind of experience truly moved and having felt how comfortable/even luxurious life felt when care of the earth was a priority in each action on this farm, each of us went out in the world and carried around that knowledge that Lonnie had shared with us and it played a part in our actions and our decisions and shaped our thinking and who we are to this day!  And that was just one time around for this training.  Think about how many courses he has taught over the years…how many presentations he has shared that have made an impact-however big or small-on someone’s life.  Those minions J have shared pieces of that knowledge with others and impacted the way those people care for our earth.  The Earth is in truly better hands because of all of the lives you have impacted.

“Lonnie’s perspective is millennial, sociological, global, and creative.  Everything connects back to the wholeness of life on earth and the immediate relevance of my life, right now. “

“Lonnie has inspired me to walk my talk and live my life with much more integrity”

People Care

“Lonnie is a symbol of community.  He seems to be friends with everyone: he has friends literally all around the world, with all kinds of professions and cultural backgrounds.  He is always kind, receptive, and understanding of the range of perspectives that come up in discussions, and able to tie them back to the central questions of sustainability or to practical well-being in terms of a situation”

He knows almost all of the players in the field, if he doesn’t-he isn’t afraid to make connections and seek the people out that he feels will make a difference for others, even those literally on the other side of the globe.  He just reaches out and good things often come of it.  He was a major player in getting the FF Go Green Plan together-bringing together people from all backgrounds in that creation.  People have been known to relocate to Fairfield just to have the opportunity to work more closely with him.  He has been referred to as “the engine of the Sustainable Living Department”.

“His influence has transformed my life”

Resource Share

Lonnie has a passion for empowering new leaders, thinkers, and game-changers.  For passing the torch to the next generation-you can see all of the young energy that enlivens the SL program, our community and beyond and Lonnie has had a hand in that.  He is a walking library of information-knows which author/film to suggest for each situation…kind of like wine pairing with a fine meal.  At the local Farmers’ Market he is like the pied piper with people following him asking advice/seeking to glean a bit of his knowledge.  He can’t get out of that place in a hurry without an undercover disguise…that is truly rock star statusI I would guess many of us in this room are where we are in following our passions due to some interaction in the past with Lonnie.  That permaculture course 4 years ago brought me here…tonight…and now I am moving into the SL Dept myself to continue to round out that knowledge for myself and to witness how it inspires others.

That’s what forming this local Green Drinks is for: people who are passionate about our Earth, coming together to make connections with others to exchange knowledge.  Building Community/Awareness/Friendships->More Vital and Resilient Place to Live.

“Lonnie has been my education without going back to school.  I owe my job to him”.

“His genuine care for all people, his way of understanding the living mechanics of sustainability and the world as it is now, and his ceaseless entrepreneurship, friendship-building, and constant application of the knowledge he teaches make Lonnie an ideal role model.  I’m very grateful to have him as a teacher. “

I am honored to be able to work with you Lonnie because of your energy, enthusiasm & wealth of knowledge.  I am equally honored to be asked to present this award this evening.  From all of us to you…Lonnie: You are our Local Rockstar.

Jan Swinton and Local Food Advocacy

Here’s a fantastic blog, featuring an article on Fairfield’s own local food leader Jan Swinton. Enjoy exploring!

The Search for Convenient Resilience

Our stay in Fairfield, IA connected us with local food advocate, Jan Swinton. We met up with her for a delicious lunch at one of Fairfield’s Indian restaurants, and then hit the town for a tour of various Fairfield sustainability initiatives, concentrating on their local food movement.

Jan’s current project is a farm to school food program, but it’s a work in progress. The goal is to provide schools with healthy, local produce. Jan estimates that currently less than 1% of school food is produced by local farmers and that’s a number she aims to increase. It’s hard for schools to accept just a percentage of their food from local producers, Schools require a lot of produce and most local farmers simply don’t have the capacity. In order to make useful connections between schools and farmers, Jan has to convince farmers to increase their production. In order to do that…

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