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A Day at Draco Hill for SILT!

May 18, 2015

Walking tour, potluck and house concert will support SILT at Draco Hill in Cedar County June 14. Sponsored by the Iowa Farmers Union, Trees Forever and SILT.

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How Iowa City Eats Its Farmland

April 25, 2015

Iowa City is just one example of how our metro areas are paving over good land that could grow healthy food. Family businesses like small engine repair, 5 and Dime stores, smaller versions of Thiesen’s – these all disappeared as these houses were planted in their place.

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The Story of SILT

April 21, 2015

Out of more than 100 applicants only 21 were permitted to present at the Slow Money National Gathering in Kentucky, 2014. SILT was there…and we won. See founder Suzan Erem’s 6-minute presentation that brought national attention, and hope, for healthy food production in Iowa.

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Upcoming Events

May 28, 4 - 7 pm
2015 Living Retired sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Thrivent Financial is supporting SILT's exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Come see what options are open to you and your retirement plans.

May 29 -30
Loess Hills Prairie Seminar. Meet up with SILT volunteers during this free two-day seminar with workshops for everyone. Onawa IA.

June 1-3
North American Agroforestry Conference, Ames, IA. SILT will be presenting at a workshop about how agroforestry works into SILT's healthy food production plan. Time and date TBD.

June 14, 2015 3 - 7 pm
SILT, Trees Forever and the Iowa Farmers Union host a 3 pm walking tour, 5 pm potluck and 6 pm house concert by singer-songwriter Paul Doffing who's riding his bicycle around the country spreading the word of sustainability. Location: Draco Hill outside of West Branch. Write to for details.

Save the date! Nov. 12
Celebrate SILT's first birthday at the beautiful Hotel Pattee, Perry IA. Join sustainable ag leaders, artists and performers for a fun evening with old friends and new!