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Seedstock tells SILT story

August 16, 2015

A group called Seedstock contacted SILT not too long ago and asked for an interview. We want to thank them for this great coverage, helping us reach beyond state lines to tell our story, including our acquisition of the Driscoll farm, now dubbed the Loess Hills Young People’s Farm.   If you know media or nonprofits […]

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Tomorrow’s Child

July 16, 2015

This poem was posted at a TED blog. We thank them for sharing, and we share it here as an expression of how we see our work at SILT. Tomorrow’s Child © Glenn Thomas Without a name; an unseen face and knowing not your time nor place Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn, I met you […]

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SILT News Coast-to-Coast (almost)

June 22, 2015

SILT has been making the news across Iowa, nearly coast to coast!  In mid-June, the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil covered SILT’s “breaking new ground” party at the Loess Hills Young People’s Farm, SILT’s first acquisition ever with a nice feature including photos of this amazing farm. Kudos to the reporter tackling a complicated transaction. Now begins the […]

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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!

Tues. Sept. 15, 8 pm
Page County Democrats host a public meeting at The Depot in Clarinda for SILT to address farmland protection in Southwest Iowa. Other meetings that day TBA.

Wed. Sept. 16, 5-7 pm
State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann and local Ruhl and Ruhl real estate agent Emilie Blindt will be available to discuss how SILT is saving farms across Iowa. Iowa City Farmers Market Local Foods celebration.

Wed. Sept. 16, 10:30 am
Pottawattamie County Supervisor and SILT board member Melvyn Houser has organized a gathering of local leaders to discuss SILT's role in protecting farmland in the Council Bluffs area.

Wed. Sept. 16, 5 pm
Council Bluffs Estate Planning Council invites SILT to discuss estate planning and other aspects of land and easement donations to protect land to grow healthy food.

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

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 president Suzan Erem 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 President Suzan Erem.

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.