Pathfinders hosts FREE solar energy fairs

Four solar energy fairs will be held on Saturdays in August and September: Fairfield, August 20th Creston, August 27th Perry, September 10th Tipton, September 17th Fairs are designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for farmers, business owners, and homeowners considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Pre-registration is free and encouraged. More information is available HERE. Fair …

Mine Reclamation Presentation at Project AWARE

Detra Dettmann and Susan Kozak, from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Mines and Minerals Bureau, co-presented information about mining and mine land reclamation to a group of approximately 35 Project AWARE participants in Lacey-Keosaqua Park. The audience was keenly receptive, asked great questions, and inquired about continued learning opportunities. Project AWARE is organized by the Iowa Department …

2016 J40 Farm Crawl on July 23rd

Join us for the 8th Annual J40 Farm Crawl Saturday July 23rd, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Amish School Benefit Breakfast Served 8am ’til noon Free Family Fun in Beautiful Keosauqua, IA Get more detailed info here or Download a brochure with a map here The day includes: Farm and barn tour Homemade ice cream Horse drawn wagon rides Fresh-baked …

Sponsor a Monarch Butterfly in Mahaska County

The Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Muchakinock Watershed are hosting a Monarch release party fundraiser. You can donate by sponsoring the release of 1 or more monarch butterflies. You can donate online – If you would prefer to sponsor and order a Monarch Butterfly electronically go to https://www.gofundme.com/mahaskaswcd – or by printing out a monarch donation …

U of I Film Students Showcase Pathfinders Projects

We partnered with University of Iowa Outreach & Engagement and a documentary film class to create 5, short, videos about projects we are working on. Check them out in multiple locations: Scroll down to see them here Find them on the relevant project pages on our website Visit the University of Iowa’s Office of Outreach and Engagement’s YouTube channel!   The …

Senior Housing Survey

Pathfinders RC&D, in partnership with the City of Fairfield and the Fairfield Economic Development Association, conducted a survey of area residents who are over the age of 50. The purpose of the survey is to identify needs and desires regarding retirement living and to better understand how prepared residents are for the future. We are now analyzing results from the survey …

EAB Update: Beneficial Insects Being Released in JeffCO

Beneficial insects that will help battle the emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive pest of ash trees, will be released in Jefferson County. Over the next few weeks several thousand stingless, parasitic wasps will be released at Whitham Woods near Fairfield, Iowa. This is the first release of the natural enemies of EAB in Iowa. When EAB was accidentally …

Bike the Byway, June 25th

Register now for the third annual Bike the Byway ride along Historic Hills Scenic Byway and the surrounding countryside. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016. This year’s 53-mile route begins on the square in Bloomfield, follows J40 to Lacey Keosauqua State Park and then makes a stop in Keosauqua before heading back to Bloomfield via J40. …

Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl, June 11th

Historic Hills Scenic Byway Museum Crawl is coming up on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Take a look at the Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl website to see a list of participating museums!