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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
November 29, 2016
#GivingTuesday is here! Your tax-deductible donation will help farmers access land to grow healthy food http://silt.org/donate/ No money to spare? Donate your time and volunteer with us! http://silt.org/volunteer-signup/
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 ...
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 ...
October 24, 2016
Announcing a new loan program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says: “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize ...
October 18, 2016
SILT is now listed in Food Tank’s annual Good Food Org Guide, along with our friends, neighbors and allies at @Iowa Organic Association, @Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative and @Eat Greater Des Moines. http://goodfoodorgguide.com/listings/
October 13, 2016
Today’s editorial says: “The claim that U.S. agriculture “feeds the world” is not a harmless myth. It provides a moral justification for continuing practices that have harmed Iowa’s environment and led to low prices for farmers. It also can be used as political ammunition.” http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/10/09/editorial-dont-expect-iowa-farmers-feed-world/91735242/?hootPostID=ae4802f80eb8b818c9e57407af733e3c This kind of discourse also hides the fact that 1 ...