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  • 3315 70th St. Urbandale, IA 50322
  • (515) 278-0550

3315 70th St.
Urbandale, IA 50322
Sheila Knoploh-Odole, Executive Director

The Many Ways To Build SILT:

  • Your tax-deductible donation of any size today will go to work immediately protecting land to grow healthy food. While all donations are welcomed, regular monthly donations help us plan for an entire year.
  • A donation of some or all of your land will promise a future of sustainable food production. You can retain the use of your land and incorporate applicable tax benefits into your larger financial planning.*
  • Retain ownership of your land, but restrict its use to sustainable food production in the future. Donating an easement assures your land always grows healthy food. Contact us about a legal document (called an easement) that is attached to your deed. The economic value of your land will drop, but that difference in value is considered a tax-deductible donation by the IRS.*

Write to us for details about how your donation to SILT can help guarantee healthy, local food for Iowans and affordable land access for our farmers for generations to come.

*Please talk with your tax and financial advisers about the many tax advantages that may be available to you. Such donations require appraisals done by qualified appraisers.

10 Comments Found

  • Amber Pambin Says:
    October 17, 2016 01:36:40

    Is there something that I can do to help in this organization? Please contact me @ pambin.amber@gmail.com or by phone @ 563-380-4620. This is a project that I feel incredibly strongly about.

  • Lisa Says:
    May 1, 2016 04:59:59

    Mason City residents are having a huge hog slaughterhouse forced on us by the city council, the mayor and city administrator. We need help to stop this from happening. They plan on putting it right inside city limits. It will destroy our town and our neighboring Tourist town, Clear Lake, Iowa. Please let me know ASAP if you can assist us in any way. The city councils final vote is Tuesday, May 3rd. Thank you!

  • Justin saving Says:
    September 3, 2015 02:01:21

    My name is Justin, i majored in sustainable local food systems with an emphasis on compost management and no till.I have a resume that demonstrates my propensity for fast learning and familiarity with hard work.Acquiring land has been my big hurdle, because i have learned to become debt adverse, and being the sole income for my family.My wife and i have decided that we are going to start to pursue our farm with abandon and count on our strong teamwork and the universe for support.

    • silt_demo Says:
      September 8, 2015 07:34:37

      Justin, we're not in the position to be offering farms just yet, but I suggest you get some experience on land - possibly through wwoofusa or the practical farmers of iowa, and then come back to us with a basic business plan and some farming experience. I wish you the very best in your pursuits. I admire you following your dream. Where did you go to school?

      • Justin Says:
        September 8, 2015 07:43:34


      • Justin Says:
        September 8, 2015 08:09:02

        Wwoofing? Are you kidding? That is the advice you have for a head of household? Begging and dragging my family around? No. Absolutely not.That is pretty lousy advice. I've spent plenty of time working on farms. I've done wwoofing. When I was single and in college.

        • silt_demo Says:
          September 18, 2015 09:31:14

          Justin, I apologize I didn't see this earlier. WWOOFing might work for some folks and not for others. We recommend you connect with Practical Farmers of Iowa which has a beginning farmers program that includes mentors. Find farms you can apprentice or intern at even if it's on weekends or long holidays/vacation time. What matters to us is that you come with some experience in farming. Without that experience, in any form you can get it, your application to farm on a SILT farm would likely not get very far. Thanks for writing. If you have more questions or comments, feel free to connect with me through email at suzan@silt.org. I'll get back to you more quickly!

          • Justin Says:
            September 19, 2015 02:25:11

            I make more than 20 dollars an hour full time and 50 dollars an hour on nights and weekends.that makes me a better candidate for owning land than working for minimum wage and begging for land you don't even have.You want to sell me some beanstalk beans too? I'm not a beggar. I'm a tradesman and entrapeneur.You go ahead and give your land to bums. See how far everybody gets.

  • Karl kates Says:
    April 28, 2015 04:05:32

    I called and left a message. I thought your talk in Fairfield was Tuesday evening not Monday. I am involved with concept with local landowners though I am looking at roughly 5,000 or more acres. A Conceptual New Garden of Eden, that encompasses all facets of Nature. I provide consulting services for land owners.My area of expertise is native bees and pollinators though I am rapidly developing other venues that will of greater importance. I would love to get together to hear about your efforts.Karl Kates Healthy Bee Cooperative Richland IowaEmail beebuddies@me.com Cell 641-455-4445

    • silt_demo Says:
      May 4, 2015 03:01:00

      Good to talk to you Karl! Let's stay in touch and be sure to meet next time I'm in Fairfield.