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 …

Meet Our Board: Deke Wood

Deke Wood serves as Chair on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D, and is a Keokuk County Supervisor. Deke has served on the board since 2011, and as chair for the last 5 years. “One of my favorite projects at Pathfinder’s is the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. Even though none of the reclamation sites are in my county, I …

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 …