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What the media says about Fairfield

Here is what the media has to say about Fairfield:

Jefferson County town shows how to 'manufacture dreams' through civic collaboration... Nov 2, 2013

The Des Moines Register website has an article about Fairfield, why this town is considered unique in Iowa..  A side story gives details about MUM's Sustainable Living Center.


Fairfield is #7 Best Small Town in USA...Mar 25, 2013

An article in the April 2013 Smithsonian Magazine lists Fairfield, IA, as number 7 of 20.  Read the The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013 article online.


Fairfield on NPR...Aug 29, 2012

Fairfield, Iowa: Where 'Art Belongs To Everyone', part of NPR's Destination Art series, is on the NPR website.  Several visitors and residents wrote in to recommend Fairfield.


Oprah's visit and an article about rural Iowa

A Feb 2012 note about Oprah's visit to Fairfield is a PDF.


Article about success in rural Iowa includes Fairfield

An article in The Iowan Magazine, Nov/Dec 2011, Sizing Up Small Towns. Scroll down to see Fairfield (PDF).


Fairfield 'blazing a trail' for other Iowa cities eyeing sustainability

An article by Beth Dalbey in the The Iowa Independent outlines Fairfield's efforts to become a national leader in sustainability.   Jan 4, 2010


"In This Farm Town, Gurus Transcend Party Politics"

From the front page of the Wall Street Journal, this article describes how Transcendental Meditation has affected politics in Fairfield.   Jan 3, 2008


"... this town should be near the top of every traveler's destination list..."

This Washington Post article in the Arts & Living Travel section describes Fairfield.   Nov 12, 2006


"[Fairfield's] lack of convention is part of its charm," says Beth Dalbey

Prominent Fairfield citizens tell their stories about the creativity and innovation that pervades Fairfield in Beth Dalbey's "Unapologetic Fairfield" article in the Aug-Sept-Oct 2006 issue of the Des Moines Social Magazine.

See a PDF of the article here (requires Adobe Reader).  The article includes many photos.   Sept 14, 2006


Fairfield Named one of the Top 12 Great Place's You've Never Heard Of

"Surprisingly sustainable, and a cosmopolitan town", a few words used to describe Fairfield as it was named one of the top twelve in Mother Earth News: The Original Guide to Living Wisely's "12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of."

Details at the Mother Earth News website.

As Mother Earth News sought out to look for places with beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, civic pride and a healthy economy with a community of people who care about the environment, sustainability, alternative energy and fresh, and wholesome food. Some well-known's came up, such as Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado, but they wanted unknown great places. They searched for smaller towns that are less expensive, but still interesting.

Fairfield made the cut for it's Ayurvedic health spa, more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, and for having 25 art galleries on the downtown square. (From KMCD News, July 20, 2006).


Fairfield featured in Iowan Magazine

Fairfield has reinvented itself, according to an article in the March/April 2006 issue of Iowan Magazine (as a PDF) (requires Adobe Reader).


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