Forget golf courses: subdivisions draw residents with farms

An increasing number of suburban development projects are replacing the traditional golf course or pool with farms. “Development-supported agriculture” is one of the visions SILT has for protecting sustainable food production. Building permanent nonprofit farm protection into these models can make it appealing to developers and more successful in the long term. Read more about this ...

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First SILT Farm for Rent

Rose Haven Farm – Corydon IA The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is offering its first land to a beginning farmer interested in growing food sustainably. SILT is a statewide Iowa nonprofit that protects land to grow healthy food for good. Farmers on SILT-protected land have the option of purchasing land protected by a SILT easement which ...

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The food movement is bigger than some may think

In a recent column in the Washington Post, Tamar Haspel argued that very few people cared about where their food came from. In response, Chellie Pingree and Anna Lappé wrote an article listing the indicators proving the breadth and depth of the “food movement”. Food industry analysts, flagging profits at Walmart, decline in soda sales, and other consumption trends are: “a ...

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Who will grow our food?

An article recently published in Yes! Magazine highlights programs across the country are trying to make it easier for new farmers to get started and put down roots. Help SILT support beginning farmer enterprises here. http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/good-health/if-there-are-no-new-farmers-who-will-grow-our-food-20160201

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“The Trouble with Iowa”, by Richard Manning

Richard Manning’s article, “The Trouble with Iowa” in Harper’s, is a great read. Manning covers challenges we face beyond caucus season in Iowa: water quality, avian influenza, Big Ag, political roadblocks, GMOs, etc. Learn how SILT promotes sustainable agriculture and a future for farmers and consumers. http://harpers.org/archive/2016/02/the-trouble-with-iowa/

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New UCS Study Finds $3 Billion Boon to Iowa’s Economy if Supermarkets, Restaurants and Schools Bought More Locally Grown Food

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists report, “Growing Economies: Connecting Local Farmers and Large-Scale Food Buyers to Create Jobs and Revitalize America’s Heartland,” smart public policies that connect local farmers to large food buyers such as supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and school districts can help bring back midsize farms, create thousands of jobs and boost ...

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