Sunday April 27th Details!

11am-3pm Chautauqua Style Event, Rainy Day Location Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall

It’s a stormy morning!  The event will be held indoors at Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Expo Hall, unless the rain completely clears up by 9 am.  If it’s sunny–find us at the square.  If it’s rainy–FACC Expo Hall.

We are very pleased to announce the following speakers and performers for our “Chautauqua” style event:

11-11:15 am Jacob B. Krieger opening Music

11:15-11:45 am Musicians Steve and Michaela McLain

11:45 Award to @HyVee & talk by Dee Sandquist, HyVee dietitian

12 pm Adam Plagge, Fairfield Economic Dev. Association

12:15–12:45 pm Musicians Steve and Michaela McLain

12:45 pm Award to and talk by Rebecca Johnson, Fairfield Public Library – Youth Services Page

1 pm Award to Ideal Energy & talk by Troy Van Beek

1:15pm Music by Surya Zeeb

1:40pm Award to @Everbody’s Whole Foods

1:45pm Michael Halley, speaking about the Urban Tree Plan

2 pm Appreciation of the The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County & talk by Laura Cohen

2:15 pm Music by Keith DeBoer

2:40 pm Award to and talk by Jan Linn Swinton, Pathfinders and Hometown Rewards

2:55 pm Invitation to Garden Planting by Sascha Kyssa

3 pm–Green March!  Rotaract will lead a procession from the Chautauqua event to the Garden.  Featuring talks by youth leaders on community projects.

3:30 pm–Garden Dedication & Planting   Rain or shine at the corner of 3rd and Grimes!   Wear clothing appropriate to the weather.  Our raised garden area is covered in a layer of 4-6 inch wood chip mulch, so it shouldn’t be too muddy in the garden itself but it will likely be wet.  Some parking available along 3rd street and along Grimes (in front of the old St. Mary’s schoolhouse.)  Seeds love to be planted in the rain!  They appreciate the immediate moisture and subsequent watering.

Green Fair Vendor Opportunity, Saturday April 26

We have been filling up our booths with “Green Vendors” at the Green Fair, Saturday, April 26th!


The Green Fair is open to the public this Saturday, from 9 am -to- 4:30 pm in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.  The Fair highlights local crafters, growers, and bakers, and includes free workshops and a Seed Swap (sponsored by the Fairfield Public Library). The entire events is a festive family-friendly setting.


There’s more than one way to be Green!  If you:

  • Design & create your products from scratch

  • Sustainably source your materials or ingredients

  • Offer Fair-Trade or Organic merchandise

  • Upcycle materials to create new products, or

  • Sell locally made products

You qualify as a Green Vendor!  Local organizations dedicated to promoting health and wellness, environmental sustainability, or social causes also qualify as Green Vendors.  Please note that food vendors must provide proof of insurance to FACC, or sell only breads, cookies, fruit pies, or non-custard pastries.  (Details provided in Vendor Contract.)


Booth prices are as follows:

  • Standard booth (suggested 6 ft table, 8ftx8ft space)–$35

  • Standard booth w/ electricity–$40

  • Shared booth (half of a 6 ft table, or 2-3 ft table in a 4ftx4ft)–$20

  • Shared booth w/ electricity–$25

  • Corner booth (suggested 2 tables, 10ftx8ft space)–$55

Please bring your own table, or reserve one for an additional $10.


Please RSVP to, subject “Vendor Reservation.”  When we receive your RSVP, we will send a vendor contract and billing information. Booths will be reserved in the order of contracts received.

Looking forward to this year’s event!

~Minca Borg

EcoFestival Coordinator



2014 EcoFest Schedule!

~ Begins * THIS WEEKEND *

2014 EcoFest Schedule – April 26–May 3

Saturday, April 26:
Green Fair Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Expo Hall.  Local vendors selling cards and crafts, custom clothes, skin-pleasing cosmetics, tasty treats, and more! Take your family for story time, crafts, and music. Seed Swap hosted by Fairfield Public Library. Stop by the Welcome Table for an EcoFest brochure. Hosted by EcoFairfield.

“Back to Eden” Film Screening Saturday, April 26, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Fairfield Public Library. Learn about eco-friendly, high yield garden techniques. Donations welcome. Hosted by Naturewise Academy.

Sunday, April 27:

“Chautauqua” Event on the Square Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Live music and community news MCed by Jeffrey Hedquist! Deep Green Business awards will be presented to HyVee, Ideal Energy, and Everybody’s Whole Foods. Help honor Local Rockstars Rebecca Johnson (Fairfield Public Library) and Jan Swinton (Pathfinders RC&D–Hometown Harvest). Learn about the Urban Tree Plan, our local food pantry, and the new Community Garden. Hosted by EcoFairfield.

“Green March: Celebrating Sustainability in Fairfield” Sunday, April 27, 3:00–3:30 p.m. A procession from the town square to the Community Garden Dedication. Young guest speakers will share projects they are doing in the community and facts about Fairfield. Hosted by Fairfield Rotaract.

Community Garden Dedication and Planting Sunday, April 27, 3:30 p.m. Corner of 3rd and Grimes (at the site of the old St. Mary’s church.) After a brief dedication, everyone will receive seeds to plant. We encourage you to make new friends, and ask questions about gardening! Please bring a trowel if you have one. Hosted by Naturewise Academy and Bonnell Building Project.


Monday, April 28–Friday, May 2:

Tree planting at OB Nelson Park Monday, April 28–Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. contact Scott Timm 515-291-2560 Hosted by City of Fairfield.

“Fairfield, Water Your Plans?” Part 1, Monday, April 28, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Fairfield Public Library. Intro Presentation by Detra Dettman, followed by talk by Wayne Peterson “The New Storm Water Management Paradigm”. Includes visual tour of new Iowa stormwater projects. Hosted by MUM Water Club.

“Your Food: To GMO or Non-GMO?” Tuesday, April 29, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m. MUM Argiro Center, Dalby Hall   Featuring talks by Ken Roseboro, publisher of the Non-GMO Report; and Steven Druker, Alliance for Bio Integrity. Followed by Q & A with guest panelists. Hosted by MUM Sustainable Living Department.

“Fairfield, Water Your Plans?” Part 2, Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Fairfield Public Library. Q&A with Shawn Worley, Fairfield Wastewater Superintendent; Melanie Carlson, French-Reneker-Associates Engineer; Daryn Hamilton, Fairfield City Council Member; James Martin, Iowa Department of Land Stewardship; and Tom Barrett President of Green Water Infrastructure. Hosted by MUM Water Club.

Soapbox Speakeasy: “An Exploration of Lyricism” Thursday, May 1, 8:30 p.m. location TBA Artists include David Hurlin accompanied by the Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir. Doors open 8pm, $3 free will donation at the door. Hosted by Urban Village Collective,

“Home Grown: Emerging area Artists” Friday, May 2, 6–9 p.m. Fairfield Square Showcasing artists, bands, films & filmmakers. Hosted by Fairfield 1rst Fridays Artwalk.


Saturday, May 3:

Jefferson County Trails Council Biannual Maintenance Day Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.–noon & 1–4 p.m. Meet at the NE corner of Howard Park. Bring gloves, shovel, bow saw, or loppers if you have them. Hosted by Jefferson County Trails Council.

Tree planting on the square Saturday May 3, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. hosted by City of Fairfield.

EcoJam Fashion Show! Saturday May 3, 7:30 p.m. Featuring upcycled, organic, and vintage designs and special guest Vikas Narula. FACC Expo Hall, doors open at 7pm. $12 general admission, discount with student ID. Hosted by EcoFairfield. Immediately followed by trunk show in Expo Hall and after party at The Arbor Bar.


*Schedule up to date as of Earth Day April 22, 2014*