Farmers Market Celebration – vote for your farmers market!

SILT supports a diversity of local food outlets and farmers markets are an important part of that. This week, American Farmland Trust’s Farmers Market Celebration is raising national awareness about the importance of farmers markets to family farmers and communities. Go to http://markets.farmland.org/ to put your farmers market on the map and recognize it in national ...

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51 emergency feeding organizations receive funds to enhance storage capacity

Food pantries across Iowa were able to apply to receive up to $1,000 towards the equipment that will improve their abilities to provide perishable products to food insecure Iowans. The funding comes from an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program and Iowa food banks. The overall goal of this funding is two-fold: Finding ways ...

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Map of certified organic producers in Iowa as of May 2016

In this weeks “Map of the Week” by the state Legislative Service Agency, Certified Organic Operations were geo-mapped by County (by Crop, Livestock, and Handling/Processing).  Iowa is a real hotbed of organic crops, processing, and livestock. Check it out here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/MOW/794228.pdf The number of organic operations has increased by 47% from 2011 to 2016 (71% increase ...

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SILT Appears in Green Money Journal

SILT announced its plans to develop a farm management focus for all land protected by SILT either through ownership or easements in the national Green Money Journal this week in an article sent to 25,000 readers. Protecting farmland to grow healthy food means more than just a use restriction for future generations. Farms, like homes, need to be occupied to ...

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See you in Onawa?

This weekend you’re invited to join the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar in celebrating its 40th Anniversary!  Special guest farmer Kim Alexander will join SILT president Suzan Erem Saturday morning to present a session on what sustainable farming looks like and how to protect your land to grow healthy food. The weekend near Onawa includes walks through ...

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