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Cypress Villages road construction begins!!!

See below for pictures of the first road being built @ Cypress Villages. Drish Construction can be seen below working on Phase 1 roads: 179th st, and small sections of Sycamore Ave and Redbud Way. Its very exciting to see dirt being moved!


Cypress Villages' Martha Norbeck elected to Fairfield City Council

marthaMartha Norbeck,
owner and president of C-WISE, was elected to the Fairfield City Council on December 4th. Martha is the lead designer of the Cypress Villages subdivision, and is responsible for the high environmental
standards incorporated in that project.

Ms. Norbeck is an Iowa City native, whose parents instilled a strong passion for science and
the value of biological systems. Her father is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Iowa, and her mother holds a Masters in Biology and worked as a researcher at the U of I biology department. Martha has been working in Fairfield for over four years, consulting with Maharishi University of Managment, local builders and planners on Sustainability issues.

Ms. Norbeck’s architecture career was launched as a result of her Fulbright research of ecovillages in Sweden. She earned a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001,
and thereafter worked in Iowa City for Neumann Monson Architects as an intern and Sustainability specialist. She has worked as lead designer on the Cypress Villages project since January of 2007.

Presentation on Quality and Sustainability in Construction, Nov. 24th @ 2pm

How to Create Quality and Sustainability in Construction presented by Martha Norbeck and Dan Walker. Plenty of time for questions and answers. Everyone welcome.
Saturday, Nov, 24, 2 pm at Revelations upstairs meeting room.

Presentation on MSV and Sustainability - Nov. 23rd @ 1:30 PM

MSV and Sustainability in Homes and Commercial Buildings presented by Eloise Raymond, MSV consultant, and Martha Norbeck, Sustainability Expert. Plenty of time for questions and answers. Everyone welcome.
www.cypressvillages.com. Friday, Nov. 23, 1:30 pm, 58 S. Main. in Fairfield Iowa.

Subdivision Approved! - October 15th

Final Approval for Phase I of the Cypress Villages subdivision was
approved by the Jefferson County Supervisors this morning. The Phase I
lots are in the SE corner of our property, and are planned for light
commercial, retail and multi-family housing. We have a buyer and
expect to close on those lots before the end of October, and we now are
planning Phase II. Now is the time to contact Phillipa at Walker
Group, Inc. to enjoy our early bird pricing and the best choice of
lots. Cypress Villages is located between Fairfield and Maharishi

Cypress Villages Update - October 10th

Dear Everyone,

We are having an interesting week as we head towards our upcoming Muhurt
and Final Approval for Phase I at approximately the same time. The
Muhurt date has not yet arrived from Maharishi Jyotish, but we expect
it any day and will forward to you as soon as we have it. We will
invite everyone to join us for a ceremonial ground breaking.

Cypress Villages featured on Maharishi's Global Chat

Click the image below to view excerpts from the July 24th Maharishi Global Chat program featuring Dr. Jonathan Lipman speaking about Cypress Villages.



All Maharishi Global Chat archives can be found here.

Cypress Villages' Martha Norbeck presents at AIA conference in Des Moines

martha norbeckMartha Norbeck, owner and president of C-WISE, was invited to speak at the Members of the American Institute of Architects last Thursday in Des Moines. The topic of her presentation was “Shades of Green: Tales from the Trenches”.

September 17 Update


The Land Grant Development Corporation is ready for your help! Persons with Real Estate or Finance experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Hours are flexible, pay is 1099, and we provide a great place to work.


Call us if this is your profession, avocation or interest. We have Organic land and a CSA agriculture opportunity for the right people.


Cypress Villages - September 7th Update

At this time, ALL requirements for the Cypress Villages Final Subdivision Approval have been completed, except one. That's a huge achievement, and at the same time, the last requirement is huge. It is amazing to know that once Final Subdivision Approval is received, we will have 117 lots for single family and multi-family homes, 8 lots for Commercial buildings, and 2 lots that encompass the existing Heritage Farm.