2018 Summer Internships Available at Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Three local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are offering summer internships in Mahaska, Marion and Wapello Counties. Interns will assist the SWCD and Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality Mines and Mineral Bureau in their work developing interest in and commitment to implementation of conservation programs and activities. The internship positions will be 40 hours per week and …

2/16 Soil Health Workshop in Bloomfield

Soil Health Workshop with Ray Archuleta: Regenerating Soils by Mimicking Nature   This 1-day workshop will take place on Friday, February 16th, 2018 from 8am-4pm at the Mutchler Community Center, 900 E North St, Bloomfield. The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to heal and regenerate your soils on your farm and ranch ecosystem. Learn how to reduce inputs …

2/16-2/17 Southern Iowa Grazing Conference 2018

The 6th annual Southern Iowa Grazing Conference will be held on Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th at the Mutchler Community Center in Bloomfield, IA.  The Southern Iowa Grazing Conference exists to provide an educational and inspiring environment with information about life on the farm, especially life on a cattle farm. The event is for all ages and all levels of experience. …

Cedar Creek Watershed Meeting in Pekin Rescheduled to 1/22

The Cedar Creek Water Quality Initiative Project is developing a watershed management plan to support individuals, groups, and businesses to improve water quality and soil health. On January, 22nd at the Packwood Community Center from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, anyone who lives, works, farms, or owns property in the watershed is encouraged to attend a dialogue about opportunities and concerns relevant …

1/23 , 1/26, 1/30 Watershed Planning Participation Opportunities

Pathfinders will be facilitating community meetings to help develop the Lower Skunk River Watershed Management Plan.  Anyone who lives, works, farms, or owns property in the watershed is encouraged to attend the following dialogues about opportunities and concerns relevant to the watershed:             Salem @ the Salem Library from 10am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018           Stockport @ the American Legion Hall from 12-2:30pm on Friday, January …

Jan, Feb & March: Free Business Workshops and Seminars offered in Fairfield

Maharishi University of Management has received a $46,500 USDA Rural Business Development Grant which will be used to offer seminars and workshops open to local small businesses. The MUM College of Business is partnering with the Fairfield Economic Development Association, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Pathfinders RC & D, the Fairfield CoLab, the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association and SCORE to bring Jefferson …

Request for Proposal: Adaptive Reuse of the Libertyville School Building

Purpose The City of Libertyville and Fairfield Community School District are working collaboratively to find an adaptive re-use for the Libertyville School Building. The purpose of this Request for Proposal [RFP} is to solicit proposals for adaptive reuse of the Building with the intention to transfer ownership by sale or other responsible means to a third party that meets the …

Meet Our Board: Willie Van Weelden

Willie Van Weelden serves as vice-chair on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D, and is a Mahaska County Supervisor. Willie has served on our board twice, totaling 15 years of service. When Willie first became a supervisor and Pathfinders Board member in 2000, he was not familiar with our organization. However, he soon took an active interest in Pathfinders’ …

Featured Small Business Loan Recipient: Upholstery & Sew Forth

This month’s featured small business loan recipient is Suzanne VanHorn. Her upholstery business, Upholstery & Sew Forth is on the square in Bloomfield, and draws clients from as far as Des Moines, Kansas City and the Quad Cities. Sue learned the upholstery trade from her mother and started her own business several years ago. “Upholstery was in my family; I’ve …

Meet Our Board: Alan Yahnke

Alan Yahnke serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D and is a Davis County Supervisor. He is one of our newest members, joining the board in the first part of 2017. For 30 years, Alan worked first in Fairfield and then the Eddyville community before deciding it was time to become active in his own community of Davis …