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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

October 9, 2015

Dairy Grazing Apprentices go through 4000 paid hours of training over two years (on-the-farm and instruction). Find out more on how to become an apprentice or a “Master Grazer” on their website: SILT farms are encouraged to produce livestock in pasture-based or range-based systems.

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October 8, 2015

SILT needs you…to become our human billboard, our word-of-mouth, our conversation! And you can do it in style. We’re now offering a range of hats, T-shirts and really classy Oxford-style shirts embroidered with the beautiful SILT logo. There’s something for every price range and body.┬áPick up a few extras for gifts! Our vendor, Old Capitol […]

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5 things you should know about farming

October 7, 2015

The National Young Farmers’ Coalition recently published a blog listing the 5 top things you should know about farming. These include: Farming is expensive Farming is dangerous Farming takes a family Farming stretches you thin Farming is awesome Read more – Support SILT and awesome farmers.

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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!

Oct. 2
Meet SILT board member Sheila Knoploh-Odole at the Iowa Environmental Council ELEVATE conference. She'll have information and be able to answer your questions.

Oct. 9-11
SILT Goes West! SILT board members attend the Land Trust Alliance annual rally in Sacramento, CA. to receive valuable training and attend a full-day seminar organized by the National Young Farmer Coalition and Equity Trust.

Oct. 20, 7:30 pm
SILT President Suzan Erem and adviser Jean Lloyd-Jones will talk to residents of Oaknoll Retirement Center, Iowa City about SILT's solutions for today's farmland crisis.

Wed. Nov. 4, 6-9 pm
The Linn County Local Food System Council co-sponsors Map of My Kingdom at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, including a panel discussion with SILT and others. Details TBA.

Sat. Nov. 7, 9:30 am
Attend the Women Food and Ag Network annual meeting, Davenport and join the Map of My Kingdom conversation Saturday morning with playwright Mary Swander, Principle Financial's Jolena Irving and SILT.

Save the date! Nov. 12
Celebrate SILT's first birthday at the beautiful Hotel Pattee, Perry IA. with Iowa folk singer Dave Moore on stage! Join sustainable ag leaders, artists and performers for a fun evening with old friends and new. Meet the first landowners to donate to SILT!

Nov. 20-21
SILT joins in the Iowa Farmers Union 100th Birthday Celebration, Holiday Inn, Des Moines. Come hear Jim Hightower's take on today's farm crisis.

Nov. 22-23
Come by the SILT table at the Iowa Organics Conference, Iowa City and talk to board member Kathy Dice, Red Fern Farm, about how SILT can make land affordable for future generations of farmers.