Photographer, Explorer and Climate Activist, David Thoreson at the SLC Eco Barn

In this video SLC Executive Director, Bob Ferguson,  interviews celebrated photographer, sailor and explorer, David Thoreson. David has sailed 77,000 miles to document what is happening to our oceans and the arctic ecology as climate change and human activity alters our planet. He held a crowd of 350 spellbound at the Sondheim Theater here in Fairfield. We are proud that the SLC was one of the co-sponsors of the event. Bob caught up with David at the SLC Eco Barn and had this heartfelt conversation.

Leland Searles – On Developing an Ecological Farming Ethic

SLC Executive Director, Bob Ferguson, interviews professor emeritus, Iowa State University, on developing an ecological farming ethic to address the pressing issues of soil quality, soil erosion, and water quality that Iowa and the Midwest are facing.

Russ Conser, CEO of Grassfed Exchange on Iowa Policy

For fifteen years Russ was the head of Shell Oil’s GameChanger program whose mission was to deliver innovative options that have the potential to drastically impact the energy future. He is now Founder and CEO of www.standardsoil.com and CEO of the Grassfed Exchange.

Dr. Ray Meylor on Restorative Farming at the Eco Barn

Second Annual Earth Day at the Eco Barn

On Saturday, April 20 we celebrated Earth Day at the Eco Barn with more than 100 guests who attended our day of education and fun.

Main Street Project Poultry-Based Regenerative Agriculture Comes to Iowa

We at the Sustainable Living Coalition are very happy to be working with Regi Haslett Marroquin on bringing the Main Street Project poultry-based regenerative agriculture to Iowa in a very big way. Here’s a beautiful video from Regi’s visit to Fairfield earlier this year.
https://youtu.be/yywlf2yx88k

Introducing the Sustainable Living Coalition Board of Directors

The Sustainable Living Coalition is blessed with a board of directors who are filled with passion for our mission and energy to actualize our vision. Each person brings their unique gifts and talents, so together, as a harmonious but truth-telling group, we can have fun together and make a big difference for our community and our world. We welcome anyone visiting this web site to consider joining us in our quest for bringing the knowledge and practical application of sustainability principles to Fairfield, Jefferson County, and beyond.

 

 

Mayor Ed Malloy Urges Support for the Completion of the Eco Barn

Executive Director, Bob Ferguson, caught up with Mayor Ed Malloy at his office to discuss the capital campaign underway to complete construction of the SEED Center Eco Barn. Mayor Malloy emphasized that our community has always risen to the occasion to support the development of unique amenities for our community like the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, The Fairfield Loop Trail, The Maasdam Barns and Roosevelt Recreation Center, to name just a few. The Eco Barn at the SLC SEED Center is taking its place as a unique and iconic Fairfield community gather place and eco-tourism attraction. We are raising $20,000 to complete the final phase of construction on the south porch area including solariums, a second bathroom, mechanical room for the advanced lithium iron battery to be integrated into our solar energy system, final HVAC, plumbing and kitchen finish. Amenities will also include a fully integrated Zoom Room video conferencing facility so the Eco Barn can go the world and the world can come to the Eco Barn.

Capacity Crowd at the Farmer’s Appreciation Pot Luck

What a spectacular Celebration of the Farmer’s of Jefferson and surrounding Counties who, at the Farmer’s Market and other outlets, provide us healthy, safe, nutrient-dense food. Nearly 100 guests came out to enjoy this evening of celebration and thanks for our local farmers. Organic chicken donated by Everybody’s Whole Foods expertly grilled by grill-master Kevin Riley and an astounding array of dishes brought by guests helped make for a magical evening. Steve McLain and Michaela McLain along with Bad, Bad Leroy Brown lead guitarist,Jimmy Ryan, charmed the crowd. Hats off to SLC board members Barb Stone and Faith Reeves for their deep roots in the farming community and organizing power for this memorable event.

New members welcomed to the SLC Board of Advisors

We are very please to welcome a newly formed board of advisors for the SLC, which includes international experts in business, economic development, agricultural economics, regenerative agriculture and more.