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Latest Newsletter March 13, 2017

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Harvest Preserve July 2016 Newsletter! July 5, 2016

Read about what has been happening at Harvest Preserve!

July 2016 Newsletter

Butterfly Garden August 24, 2015

Harvest Preserve is excited to announce a new project: A butterfly garden! A committee has already met and is discussing how to proceed with the 130′ x 60′ portion of the Preserve set aside for this project.  We are also VERY excited to announce that Lucky’s Market will be our partner for this project, donating all of the tips they accrue at Lucky’s Cafe until the end of 2015! So PLEASE PATRONIZE LUCKY’S MARKET and drop a donation at the Cafe!




Please email me if you are interested in joining the Butterfly Garden Committee!

Dedication of the International Gathering of Stones June 23, 2015


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June 21, 2015 was a day of celebration at the Harvest Preserve in Iowa City. Three outdoor yoga classes honored a United Nations resolution designating June 21 as the “International Day of Yoga.” Also on this day of the Summer Solstice, Harvest Preserve dedicated the “International Gathering of Stones,” inviting all visitors to pray for world peace.

As people gathered at the preserve in Iowa City, more than 200 countries formally participated in the recognition of yoga as a holistic approach to health, healing, and harmony. In New Delhi alone, more than 40,000 people assembled to practice their yoga asanas, or postures. Among them were representatives of 152 foreign missions.

In his remarks before the New Delhi gathering, India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi said, “This coming together with our brothers and sisters in other countries brings our hearts and minds together…In a world suffering from stress, yoga promises calmness. Yoga creates concentration. In a world of fear, Yoga provides strength and courage. A healthy body and disciplined mind are foundations for the World free from fear.”

At the Harvest Preserve, this first International Day of Yoga was chosen as an auspicious day on which to dedicate the International Gathering of Stones, an interactive sculpture including stones from around the world. Visitors to the preserve were invited to bring a stone of personal interest, offer a prayer for world peace, and add their stone to the pile. The addition of every stone increases the energy of the sculpture.

The ceremonial nature of contributing each stone is in harmony with the practice of yoga. Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship Church and author of Autobiography of a Yogi defined yoga as “…the science and practice of reuniting the individual soul with the Cosmic Spirit. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the inner voice.”

On behalf of Harvest Preserve, representative Douglas Paul said, “With the addition of every stone and every prayer, the next 100 years promises many changes in the appearance and power of the International Gathering of Stones. Likewise, we all pray that the science and practice of yoga will contribute to positive changes in the peace and harmony between all peoples.”

Man on a Bench May 19, 2014

Man on a Bench

Several people have asked about the “meaning” of our newest sculpture, Man on a Bench. The 20-foot tall piece is carved from 110 tons of Indiana limestone, originating from the same quarry as the Washington Monument. The sculptors were Douglas J. Paul and J.B. Barnhouse, both of Iowa City, Iowa.

“The moment a viewer makes a connection with a sculpture, a personal story will emerge, and every story will be different, “ says Paul. “Man on a Bench allows you complete freedom to decide whether or not the piece means anything to you.”

We hope you will take a long, quiet breath and listen to the story you share with the stone.

Completion and Dedication

If the weather cooperates, Man on a Bench should be completed by July, 2014.


For safety reasons, open visitation is not allowed at this time. Please email Julie if you have questions.

Useful Tax Information November 6, 2013

Attention Harvest Preserve Supporters!

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which contains an extension, for 2012 and 2013, of the charitable IRA rollover.

This provision allows donors who are 70 ½ years of age or older to “roll over” part of an IRA—up to $100,000—to make charitable gifts without having to report the amount withdrawn as taxable income or claiming a tax deduction for the gift. The effect will be a “tax wash.” One of the best things about a charitable IRA rollover gift is that the gift will count toward your 2013 required minimum distribution from your IRA.

And, by making a gift to the The Harvest Preserve from your IRA, you can make a meaningful gift to protect this beautiful Iowa land for generations to come.

Here is a brief outline of the program. Check to see if you qualify:

  • You are age 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • You transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA. This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not other types of retirement plans.
  • You transfer the funds outright to one or more qualified charities. The legislation does not permit direct transfers to charitable trusts, donor advised funds, charitable gift annuities or supporting organizations.
  • You make your gift by Dec. 31, 2013.

Thank you for supporting The Harvest Preserve!

Harvest Preserve Open House Sept 8 August 19, 2013

Harvest Preserve Open House

September 8, 3-5pm


Art Tour/Hayride at 3:30

New Pioneer Earth Source Gardens Farmer’s Market

Notecards and Fruit Preserves for sale

Healing Energy Treatment Sessions

Taoist Tai Chi Practice

Come experience the Harvest Preserve!!!


I’m excited to announce that the Harvest Preserve has finally entered the 21st century! We can now accept donations online through our website (

Please consider making a donation to the Preserve today so that we can continue to preserve this incredible Iowa land.  Thank you!

July in Iowa July 8, 2013

Ahhh, July in Iowa. You either love it, or hate it.

For us at the Harvest Preserve, July signals the slow down of the growing season and our mowers get to ease back a bit.  This weather has not stopped people from visiting the Preserve, though! Make sure that when you visit the Preserve, you only enter the 4-digit code given to you. Do not press # or *…the gate will not open if you do.

I have one date change to announce. Our Open House will now be held on September 8. The time will be announced later…watch for announcements via email or this website.  I hope to see everyone there!

Spring has finally sprung! May 20, 2013

Thank goodness our lengthy winter has finally hit the road and Spring is here!  We are actively mowing and trimming the Preserve, renting out for events and we have had A LOT of visitors.  Please make sure you email Julie with your visitation requests so that it doesn’t interfere with an event.

Although this is not official “Preserve” news, many people may be wondering about the large stones that are being placed across the street from the Visionary Stone.  I cannot divulge exactly what it will be, but soon you will be driving (or walking, or biking) past a new sculpture!

Here are some dates to keep in mind that are open to the public:

May 25, 3pm – Spiral Meditation at the Sacred Stone Circle

September 8, TBA – Harvest Preserve Open House!

Email me with any of your Preserve questions!
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