Green Drinks in the month of Janus

January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings, transitions, who has two faces: one to look backward and one to look forward. The EcoFairfield team invites you to join us in reflecting on local sustainability accomplishments of 2012 and sharing sustainability initiatives for 2013. We look forward to updating everyone on the EcoFestival project and honoring Local Rockstar David Fisher. Dr. Fisher is chief custodian of the EcoFair/ EcoFairfield tradition, head of MUM’s sustainable living department, retired county frog census taker, and pivotal in building MUM’s new Sustainable Living Center.

When: January 25, 2013, 7–8:30 pm

Where: TBA


(Photo from Wikipedia)

Francis Thicke, October Local Rockstar

The last Friday of October, Green Drink attendees had the pleasure of honoring Radiance Dairy’s Francis Thicke.

Where could one begin in listing his many accomplishments? This is a man who’s been walking his talk on sustainable agriculture and sustainable living for decades, and in the bargain giving the Fairfield community the ongoing boon of some of the best, purest and most nutritious dairy products in the known universe. I especially admire Francis for running for Secretary of Agriculture in 2010, and the outstanding campaign he ran to take the principles of shared agricultural wealth and sustainability to all of the people of Iowa. He’s a true champion of all that is best in life, and he’s a truly worthy winner of your RockStar award.

Patrick Bosold

Conservation Chair, Leopold Group, Iowa Sierra Club

I would like to offer my personal gratitude to Dr, Francis Thicke. Not just for all of the work that he does in many different fields, but also for offering me a crucial learning experience involving my compost work.

Francis allowed me to come to his farm several times over a few weeks to talk about and monitor his compost. We played with a pile and chatted about soil ecology. Although we only briefly discussed what it would take to manage a large pile to the highest standards, I learned an incredible amount. I see now what organic farmers are up against and what we all can do as a market to help support organic agricultural development.

I find Dr. Thicke to be a very forward thinking individual that will lead by example. As the industry changes over the next twenty years, Francis Thicke is a guy to be watching.

Thanks and blessings.

Jacob Bradford Krieger

Partner at Lower Meadow Farm LLC,

Sustainable Living Major,

Campus Sustainability Representative,

and Student Sustainability Council President at MUM

Francis Thicke is a Rockstar because he actually does things that other people think about or talk about doing but never find the time or courage to do. When I first met Francis he had an influential, well-paid, secure position with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. A lot of people in USDA think about and talk about “going back to the farm,” but Francis actually did it. And, he made a great success of it, as most folks in Fairfield know, particular those who enjoy the quality dairy products from his Radiance Dairy. A lot of people think about and talk about how we ought to do something to fix the mess called “farm policy,” but Francis actually did something. He ran for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, not because he thought he would win, although he might well have under different circumstances. He ran mostly because he wanted to use the “bully pulpit” of his campaign to tell Iowa voters the truth about American Agriculture. A lot of people think about and talk about becoming more involved in their community, but never find the time. Francis takes the time. He plays trumpet in the Fairfield Municipal band, he host tours for local students on his farm, makes public presentation in Fairfield and all across the country, and probably does dozens of other things I haven’t yet heard about. He doesn’t just think about and talk about what he might to do to help create a better world, he does things to make the world better. That what real “Rockstars” do.

—John Ikerd

Audio book now available: “Revolution of the Middle…”
Author of: “Sustainable Capitalism”
Kumarian Press
“A Return to Common Sense”
R. T. Edwards
“Small Farms are Real Farms”
Acres USA
“Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture”
University of Nebraska Press,
and “Essentials of Economic Sustainability,”
Kumarian Press:

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

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

Green Drinks Event

The EcoFairfield team invites all interested in environmental issues to an evening of green drinks, good food, good people, and hopefully a good tune or two.
Green Drinks events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Green Drinks have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

We hope you can accompany us for fun and networking this Friday, February 24, at Arandas’ Mexican Restaurant. Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Please RSVP here:

The Code:

Green Drinks are Open

* Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come — people from environment groups, business, government, academia and as individuals. There is no ‘us and them’.
* Organisers and all attendees actively welcome newcomers and introduce them to others in the group.
* All attendees commit to meeting new people at every session and not just sticking with people they already know.

Green Drinks are Freeform

* There is generally no agenda or theme, Green Drinkers mingle and share insights and provoke and exasparate and inspire and delight each other. There are moments of serendipity and a lot of ‘oh, you if are interested in X then I must introduce you to that person over there who knows all about it’ …
* All kinds of people come to Green Drinks and this is what makes for the interesting interactions.

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See you Friday!

EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!