Saturday Morning

SATURDAY April 21rst

  • Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 North Main Street

    • 9am-4pm Vendors Fair, FACC Expo Hall

    • 9am-4pm Jobs & Education Fair, Meeting Room #1

    • 9:45am – Carpool leaves from FACC Parking Lot for Prairie Song Farm Tour & Workshops: Shitake Spore Inoculation; Blueberry, Serviceberry, and PawPaw Planting

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    • 10am–11am Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves Maryann Hesse, Meeting Room #2

      Learn how our tropical rainforests, the ‘lungs of our planet’ are being
      destroyed at the alarming rate of 6 soccer fields a minute and the impact that
      is having on Mother Earth.

      You will hear ways you can be more ecologically conscious that can make a
      difference in the quality of your life and the lives of your loved ones.

      Learn how you can help affect climate conditions, the preservation of
      thousands of species of plants and animals, as well as the Indigenous peoples
      who have untold ancient wisdom yet to be shared with us.

      Maryann Hesse, a rainforest ambassador who has traveled to South America and
      communed with Indigenous tribes, will share heartwarming and, at times,
      heartbreaking, stories of happenings that affect us individually, and greatly
      affect the health of our planet. She is a Fairfield resident.

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    • 11:30am–12:30 pm Why Buy Local? New Dimensions of Currency and the Power of Consciousness in Cashflow, Scott Morris and Graham Torpey, Meeting Room #2

  • MUM Campus, 1000 North 4th St.

    • 9:30-9:50 am How New Social Media Platforms Will Impact Non-Profits in 2012, Phyllis Khare, Argiro Cafe

       Now that most nonprofits have their basic social accounts up and running, what will they need to do to stay in the public’s awareness as new platforms become popular?
    • 10am-12pm  Social Media Management: Learn the Secrets of Successful Non-Profits,  Phyllis Khare, Argiro Cafe

      Find out the tools that successful nonprofits use on their blogs, on their social sites, and in their marketing to reach a wider audience. Bring your laptop and try these out as Phyllis goes through them. A comprehensive checklist and list of tools will help each organization be their best online.
      Khare is a Fairfield resident.
    • 11am-12pm Making Agriculture Energy Efficient and Self-Sufficient, Francis Thicke, Sustainable Living Center

      Today’s industrial agriculture is highly dependent on fossil fuels, particularly cheap oil, which is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The current major approach to producing energy from agriculture (ethanol) is neither sustainable nor truly renewable. Agriculture could become energy self-sufficient by becoming more efficient and by producing energy on farms to power farms using farm-scale technology that is both sustainable and renewable.
      Thicke and his wife Susan are the owners of local sustainable farm and EcoFairfield Sponsor Radiance Dairy, beloved by Fairfield for fresh delicious milk, cheese, yogurt, and soft serve ice cream at competitive prices.  Thicke holds a PhD in agriculture and served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. as National Program Leader for Soil Science.  He is the author of the book “A New Vision for Iowa   Food and Agriculture.”
  • Prairie Song Farm, 2107 150th Street (Carpool from FACC 9:45 am)

    • 10am–12 noon Farm Tour & Workshops: Shitake Spore Inoculation; Blueberry, Serviceberry, and PawPaw Planting

      Prairie Song Farm belongs to Jeffrey Headquist and is home to people wanting a place to apply to apply sustainable living principles through home scale farming, solar and natural building applications, and stewardship.
  • Sustainable Living Coalition, 2151 185th St

    • Sunrise–11pm Music & Legend Sacred Fire Circle

    • 9am-3 pm Traditional Native American craft workshops (dream catchers, medicine bags, sleeping mats)

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  • Fairfield Public Library, 104 West Adams Avenue

    • Movie Matinee 10-12pm – “A Promise Called Iowa”


      A Promise Called Iowa documents how Iowa became a place of refuge and freedom for many Southeast Asians. It tells that story with the people who lived the history: the political and public officials who made it happen, the private individuals who made it work, and the refugees who found a new home in Iowa.

      In the summer of 1975, after Saigon had fallen, President Gerald Ford wrote to every governor asking them to help resettle the 130,000 refugees who had escaped from South Vietnam. Iowa’s Governor Bob Ray responded. And many Iowans responded to Ray’s committment to help.

      The first refugees to arrive in Iowa were the Tai Dam, a distinct ethnic group that had been forced out of their homelands in Vietnam, escaped to Laos, and then had to escape again to Thailand. Over time, Iowans would embrace Vietnamese, Cambodians and Lao of differing ethnicities, helping them start a new life in Iowa as the fallout from war in their homelands destroyed many lives.

      Ray’s humanitarian response started Iowa down a road it is still travelling today. Iowa is the only state with a state government entity certified by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees: the Bureau of Refugee Services. Iowa is the only place where state government, along with the private resettlement agencies, welcomes the dispossessed.

  • Sunnybrook Living Care Center, 400 Highland Street

    • Relay for Life Carnival, 11am–4pm ($5 to admission to participate in activities)

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