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Be a Patriot! Sign Up by the 4th

May 17, 2017

SILT Executive Director Sheila Knoploh-Odole is on a mission. She’s marking the 4th of July as one of Patriotic Duty – to find 44 people by the 4th to support SILT’s mission through a monthly sustaining membership. Join Sheila in her efforts, or sign up on behalf of one of the board members she has ...

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2017 Showcase Dates Announced

Landowners – Save the Dates! SILT Showcase Days are back by popular demand. Designed for landowners who want to learn more about protecting their land to grow healthy food, every Showcase includes a farm tour, meal and presentations by the host, an attorney and an appraiser. All events are free and open to the public. ...

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SILT Growing Parties Scheduled

May 2, 2017

SILT is launching its first Growing Parties this year to update supporters across Iowa in a convenient, friendly and intimate setting.  Join SILT members at their homes or local gathering spots, break bread together and hear moving stories of farmland protection, the challenges and joys of 2017 and what you can do to help SILT reach our goal of ...

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SILT Announces Farmer Vetting Policy

April 26, 2017

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust announced today the publication of its much-anticipated SILT FARMER VETTING POLICY. For more than two years, young and disadvantaged farmers around Iowa have been asking what SILT will require to farm its farms. Applicants with no long-term access to land but who have experience and a business plan will make the first cut. The SILT Farmer ...

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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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