Farming without owning land

Farmers and landowners are using innovative strategies to deal with the huge increase in land prices. Strategies include setting long-term (40 years!) leases with landowners or city parks. Find out more about how some farmers are bypassing lending agencies by reading this article, and learn how SILT helps farmers access land without having to purchase ...

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Farmer shortages

We know farmers are aging (only 6% of American farmers are under 35, and over one-fourth of American farmers will retire in the next 25 years). The National Young Farmer Coalition is pushing Congress to pass pending federal legislation designed to help college graduates who choose to farm to deal with their student debt. How ...

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A creative way to use land

Rev. Richard Joyner has been named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero. In 2007, Rev. Joyner established the Conetoe Family Life Center, whose mission is to improve the health of the youth and community by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing physical activities and providing access to health services. The nonprofit manages more than 20 ...

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What is agroecology?

The Union of Concerned Scientists list the following as the “top ten tenets of agroecology:” Amendments: not all soils or amendments are created equal Animal Integration Agroforestry Breeds and seeds (local ones!) Barriers and strips Cover crops and green manure Conservation tillage Crop rotation Diversified fields Designed landscapes http://blog.ucsusa.org/the-abcds-of-agroecology-what-is-it-all-about-926

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Another road to food security

Dr. Vandana Shiva wrote a beautiful piece for the World Food Day on the importance of the agroecology road towards food security. Dr. Shiva points out the importance of soils, biodiversity and water systems that produces health and well being, which are values SILT shares as well. “The Intelligent, responsible road to the future of ...

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Who really owns the farmland?

“In Iowa, the latest figures I have, from 2007, indicate that 60% of the farmland is owned by people who are not farming. Some 20% of Iowa’s farm owners do not even live in the state. It is safe to say that most of the farmland in America is being farmed by renters. This is ...

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Protect Farms; Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Research shows that protecting farmland from development is an important strategy to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In California, the Governor’s Strategic Growth Council launched the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program to protect farmland. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article38965995.html

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A Farmer’s Guide to Working With Land Trusts

The National Young Farmer Coalition recently published a guide for farmers who want to work with land trusts. “Finding and securing land to farm is one of the biggest challenges that beginning farmers and ranchers face in starting a career in agriculture. Farmland prices are at a record high across the country and land has ...

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

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: http://www.dairygrazingapprenticeship.org/ SILT farms are encouraged to produce livestock in pasture-based or range-based systems.

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