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SILT in the News

April 18, 2017

SILT has been making waves across the country and across the “pond!”  In addition to our very own feature in Civil Eats last month, great stories in the Manchester Guardian and Rodale Institute’s This Organic Life brought readers news of the innovative land access work we’re doing here in Iowa. SILT  provides affordable land access to ...

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“Letters to a Young Farmer”

SILT proudly announces the arrival of a wonderful book called “Letters to a Young Farmer,” featuring three dozen esteemed writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries who address the highs and lows of farming life, as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed. One of those visionaries is Iowa’s own Fred Kirschenmann. Watch for a ...

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SILT on Civil Eats!

March 30, 2017

“The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust makes sustainability central to its work, helping young, sustainable, and diversified farmers grow in the land of corn and soy”. Great to see SILT featured in this publication! Looking forward to seeing issues of land access and sustainable farming being an increasing part of the national conversation. A Land Trust Asks ...

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Farm matched – One farm still available

February 1, 2017

SILT has already matched two of its three farms, the latest in NE Iowa. Last week, Will Lorentzen and his wife Adrian White moved the last of their belongings to Garber (bumping Garber’s population up by more than 2 percent!) Will plans to farm by limiting his tillage footprint while still producing food for market, including shiitake ...

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It’s About People Coming Together

December 21, 2016

120 people attended the SILT dinner this year to honor our third land donor, Steve Beaumont, who brought our total acres protected to 115 in just two years. The celebration came on the heels of a day-long planning session that welcomed 7 new board members and 40 volunteers who set SILT’s goals for protecting more land to ...

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Decline in farmland values – how will we protect it?

December 15, 2016

“Iowa’s average farmland value declined for the third year in a row, down 5.9 percent to $7,183 an acre over the past year. It’s the first time since the 1980s farm crisis that land values have fallen three straight years, according to an Iowa State University report released Tuesday.”* Imagine an Iowa where our land price fluctuations weren’t based on ...

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Steve Beaumont Honored at SILT Dinner

December 10, 2016

Steve Beaumont became the third Iowan to permanently protect his land to grow healthy food.  “I believe SILT will help rejuvenate our small towns and rural communities through its work,” Steve said. “And I’m looking forward to working with the young people on the land, to the extent they’d welcome it.” 120 SILT supporters gathered this year at the ...

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#Giving Tuesday is here!

November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday is here! Your tax-deductible donation will help farmers access land to grow healthy food No money to spare? Donate your time and volunteer with us!

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Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods

November 17, 2016

A new report by @Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposes shocking levels of glyphosate contamination in popular American foods, including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Stacy’s Pita Chips. What kind of food do you want to eat? SILT supports farmers using sustainable (glyphosate-free) practices, by offering long-term affordable leases. View the report here ...

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SILT: Finding Common Ground

November 12, 2016

Dear Iowa, Election Day results leave no doubt that our country is divided and hurting. But at the  Sustainable Iowa Land Trust we have learned how to draw on our differences to make us stronger and more successful. We have an opportunity to do that once again Dec. 1 when we gather to celebrate our third farm ...

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