Mahaska SWCD Job Announcement

The Mahaska County Soil & Water Conservation District is Hiring!  Position Title: 780 HR – Conservation Technician Location: IDALS/DSCWQ – Mahaska Soil & Water Conservation District, Oskaloosa, Iowa Contact: Kevin Funni  kevin.funni@ia.usda.gov  and  Cindy Davis Cynthia.Davis@ia.nacdnet.net Mahaska SWCD 2503 Todd Street, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 641-673-3476 Job Description:  This position involves providing technical assistance to landowners and operators in Mahaska County.  Incumbent …

Cedar Creek Watershed Management Plan Complete

As part of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Pathfinders is working on the Water Quality Initiative in the Cedar Creek Partnership Project. The purpose of the projects is to support and improve water quality through a collaborative, research-based approach. This month, Pathfinders completed the Cedar Creek Watershed Management Plan using data collected from ground truthing stream assessments and feedback from community dialogues …

Featured Small Business Loan Recipient: The Bookhouse

This month’s featured small business loan recipients are Josie Overmyer and Nicholas Naioti. Their new business, The Bookhouse, is a tea house and cocktail lounge located on the south side of the square in Fairfield. The Bookhouse opened its doors for the first time this month, and its gourmet drinks and freshly renovated space will leave you feeling relaxed and …

2018 Byway Museum Crawl Results

Thank you to the over 100 people who attended the 5th Annual Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl! It was a sweltering day on June 16th, but folks had a lot of fun at the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Wabash Depot Museum Complex, the Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum and the Moulton Historical Society Museum on the Western end of …

Friday, June 22- Barnyard Bash in Fairfield

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2018 Barnyard Bash at the Maasdam Barns in Fairfield. This free family- friendly event will be held on Friday, June 22 from 5:00-9:00pm at the Maasdam Barns. A mix of new and traditional country music with a hint of classic rock will be played by the Harvest Band from 6:00-9:00pm. Other …

Saturday, June 16th: Fifth Annual Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl!

Celebrate Iowa Museum Week with a trip back through time.  The fifth annual Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl is happening on Saturday, June 16! Participating museums will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and promise to fill your mind and imagination with days gone by at this free and kid-friendly event! Featured stops for this event include: Monroe County …

Become a Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner!

Have you ever considered getting more involved with soil and water conservation in Iowa? Perhaps you’d enjoy being a soil and water commissioner! Pathfinders RC&D regularly partners with Soil and Water Conservation Districts on projects like planting pollinator habitat, abandoned mine reclamation, watershed projects, and education and outreach. **You do not need to be a farmer to be a commissioner! …

May 20, 2018 Poultry Revolution Presentation in Fairfield

Join the Poultry Revolution! Our partners will be hosting a presentation on The Poultry Revolution on May 20 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Sustainable Living Center, 1010 Dimick Drive, on the Maharishi University of Management campus in Fairfield. All are welcome to join and to stay for lunch following the presentation. Presenter Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, will be presenting …

Grass-fed Beef Window Clings!

May is National Grass-fed Beef Month and as part of our Grass-fed Beef project, we have put window clings about the benefits of grass-fed beef in 5 grocery stores in SE Iowa! Look for these signs in the meat department of a grocery store near you! Pathfinders’ work with grass-fed beef is funded by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the …

2018 AML Scholarship Available

The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) is offering a $2,500  scholarship for those interested in pursuing a career in mine land reclamation.  NAAMLP is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining throughout the nation.  Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) established …