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Farmers Market Celebration – vote for your farmers market!

June 23, 2016

SILT supports a diversity of local food outlets and farmers markets are an important part of that. This week, American Farmland Trust’s Farmers Market Celebration is raising national awareness about the importance of farmers markets to family farmers and communities. Go to to put your farmers market on the map and recognize it in national […]

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51 emergency feeding organizations receive funds to enhance storage capacity

June 20, 2016

Food pantries across Iowa were able to apply to receive up to $1,000 towards the equipment that will improve their abilities to provide perishable products to food insecure Iowans. The funding comes from an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program and Iowa food banks. The overall goal of this funding is two-fold: Finding ways […]

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Map of certified organic producers in Iowa as of May 2016

June 18, 2016

In this weeks “Map of the Week” by the state Legislative Service Agency, Certified Organic Operations were geo-mapped by County (by Crop, Livestock, and Handling/Processing).  Iowa is a real hotbed of organic crops, processing, and livestock. Check it out here: The number of organic operations has increased by 47% from 2011 to 2016 (71% increase […]

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Upcoming Events

SILT speakers are available for your regular meeting, program or conference and to talk to the media. Contact us at with details!

June 22, 6 pm
SILT to present at the Central Iowa Permaculture Guild, Waukee Public Library. Come for refreshments, stay for the talk!

July 8, 10 am - 2 pm
SILT's first Showcase Day - Honey Creek, IA - Landowners are invited to a farm tour, lunch and presentations by attorney Kyle Marcum and appraiser Dan Dvorak. Hosted by Joe and Sue Driscoll and Ed and Tricia Jackson. Details and RSVP here.

July 15-17
Join us at the Seed Savers Exchange annual camp out! SILT's workshop on protecting land to protect our biodiversity will be Saturday. Camp or stay at a nearby hotel or Luther College. Details here.