When Mother Earth News writer Lynn Byczynski dubbed Fairfield, Iowa, one of “12 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” in the August 2006 issue, she hit the nail right on the head. For a town of 10,000 smack dab in the middle of Jefferson County, we’ve got quite a lot going on!
Fairfield, Iowa, is home to:
• A culturally rich downtown square with global goods and many art galleries
• A sustainable Eco-Village and annual Eco Fair
• A monthly art walk that was voted the 2005 Iowa Tourism Event of the Year
• A new Jefferson County Civic Center
• The new 520-seat Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, the only theater in the U.S. sanctioned to use the great songwriter’s name
• A well-maintained walking/biking trail that encircles the city
• The world’s premier Ayurvedic health spa
• More restaurants per capita than San Francisco
…and a whole lot more!
In addition to its rich agricultural and industrial heritage, Fairfield has been home to Maharishi University of Management since 1974. The fully accredited university offers a traditional roster of courses, in addition to classes in yoga, meditation, preventive medicine, and sustainable agriculture. As a result, the Fairfield community has come to stand for a unique blend of homegrown Heartland values and progressive multicultural innovation.
Fairfield currently has more homes with solar energy or other green building features than any other town in Iowa. We’re also proud to say that Jefferson County has the most acres of organic cultivation in the state. This is due in large part to Maharishi Vedic City, just 2 miles north, where organic food is produced in abundance on 100 acres, with 2 acres of greenhouses powered by wind and solar energy.