sustainable solutions

Moni Hayne at KRTo teach gardeners easy and sustainable tricks they can use to keep pests off vegetable plants, entomologist Moni Hayne researched, wrote, took photos for, and published an e-book. Garden Insect Pests of North America--Pictures for Identifying and Organic Controls identifies and contains pictures of 30 common insect pests. It also explains which are the good bugs that you shouldn't control (because they eat bad ones). Moni, who holds two degrees in entomology, has participated in a wide variety of research projects involving many different vegetable and fruit crops. She shares her insect and plant knowledge by engaging in volunteer programs in schools, 4-H clubs, and conservation groups at the local, state, and national level.

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Tanner & Moore's Dream Green series re-airs

Monica Stone & James Moore

dreamgreen  Iowans making a greener tomorrow... today.

Lynnae Hentzen & Stuart TannerKickoff show of the 20-part Dream Green Series on solar-powered KRUU-FM, Fairfield, Iowa's grassroots community radio station. Co-hosts Stuart Tanner & James Moore travel the state to explore green initiatives, innovators, educators, cutting edgeMoore, Frank Cownie & Tanner projects and communities who are leading the way toward a more sustainable, energy efficient future. Follow the journey at Funded in part by a community grant from the Iowa Power Fund.

Featured interviews this week include Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, an advocate for green initiatives here and abroad, Lynnae Hentzen, a founder of the Iowa Center on Sustainable Communities, and Monica Stone of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

Tracy VanceJefferson County’s Energy Rewards Loan Program Announcement

Fairfield, IA – The Fairfield Economic Development Association partnered with Fairfield’s Go Green Plan, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Community First Credit Union, First National Bank in Fairfield, Libertyville Savings Bank, and MidWestOne Bank to offer a unique loan program. Jefferson County’s Scott Timm Energy Rewards Loan Program offers home and business owners low interest loans for energy efficient and renewable energy projects.

The goal of Jefferson County’s Energy Rewards Loan Program is to make energy projects affordable. Borrowers can use a loan to upgrade old appliances, weatherize a home or business, update lighting or complete a renewable energy project like solar electric or geothermal.

Click here for the full press release.

Fred Kirschenmann, international leader in organic and sustainable agriculture, will Fred Kirschenmannbe in Fairfield Tuesday, May 18, speaking at the Sondheim Center at 8:00 pm.  Dr. Kirschenmann's talk, "Food and Farming in our Future," will be hosted by Francis Thicke's campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.  The lecture is free and open to the public. 

A Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Kirschenmann has lectured and written extensively about ethics and agriculture.  A collection of his essays was recently published as a book, titled Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher. Fred's book covers his writings on farming, philosophy and sustainability.  Copies of Fred's book will be available for sale, and Fred will sign them, after the lecture.