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EcoFairfield Coming April 20-28
This year’s student-organized EcoFairfield, eight days of events April 20–28, will offer activities ranging from vendor fairs to sleeves-rolled up digging in the earth to a fashion show, as well as festive events featuring music and local talent.

a rich schedule is now in place, including presentations by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, whose plays and poetry include a focus on art and agriculture, and a keynote presentation by well-known book author John Ikerd, an expert on the economics of sustainability.

See for the full lineup of events.

Dr. Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri Columbia, will offer the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Central Park on the Fairfield Square.

He is the author of The Essentials of Economic Sustainability and Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense.

A vendor fair, called Fair on the Square, will also be held on the Fairfield Square on Saturday, April 20. The Convention Center Expo Hall will serve as an alternate venue for the keynote address and vendor fair in case of rain.

The EcoJam Fashion Show has been moved to Saturday evening, April 20, at the Convention Center Expo Hall, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

New to the schedule is a film screening of “Money & Life,” featuring MUM faculty Stuart Valentine, alumnus Scott Morris, and staff member Graham Torpey, on Sunday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Library. A discussion led by student Laila Sadat-Sharifi will follow.

Also new is “Celebrate Rural Community,” which will be Saturday, April 27, in lieu of workshops.

Events that day will begin with a vendor fair 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Project Schoolhouse on 3rd Street, in the downstairs cafeteria. Also on tap 10:00 a.m.–noon will be a Farm Hop organized by the MUM Alumni Association.

Two free events that day will be hosted by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander. Her touring play Farmscape will be performed at the Fairfield Convention Center (Cambridge Room) at 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public thanks to a grant from Humanities Iowa, the play will feature local activists and actors Francis Thicke, Jim Rubis, Jeffrey Hedquist, Patrick Bosold, Randy Dillon, Jacob Kreiger, Annette Estes, Heidi Salmonson, Joy Salmon, and Roseanne Wagger.
Ms. Swander will be on hand to lead a discussion of the play, a docudrama on the changing rural environment.

Ms. Swander will also give a keynote address, “Celebrating Local Community,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Library.
A KRUU permaculture garden planting will be led by alumna Sascha Kyssa 5:00–7:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 27.

Tree planting will also take place. Sign up in advance to plant trees and pull garlic mustard at Chautauqua park on Sunday, April 21 and 28. Contact the Fairfield Volunteer Center at 641 209-9045 or


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