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Farmers

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Local Food Fans

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Landowners

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Volunteers

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Allied Organizations

American Farmland Trust

Slow Money

Land Trust Alliance

Food Tank

Iowa Policy Project

Iowa Environmental Council

An example of a development and organic farm incorporated into one another – in Kane County IL. https://www.serosunfarms.com/home/

NPR coverage https://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/forget-golf-course-subdivisions-build-around-farms

Article from the Land Trust Alliance
Beyond Agricultural Conservation Easements

“Thirteen years ago the Land Trust Alliance’s National Land Trust Census reported that the percentage of land trusts identifying farms and ranches as the primary types of land they protect was 46%. The 2010 Census shows that figure rose to 61%. As the land trust community matures, so do the methods for protecting land.”

Farming on the Edge, from the American Farmland Trust:

Our food is increasingly in the path of development. – An astounding 91% of our fruit and 78% of our vegetables are produced in urban-influenced areas.

Wasteful land use is the problem, not growth itself. – Wasteful land use is the problem, not development itself. From 1982 to 2007, the U.S. population grew by 30 percent. During the same time period, developed land increased 57 percent.”

About nonprofits owning farms:

“No one wants non-profit ventures to drive out commercial farm entrepreneurs, but in our experience, foundations and other charities have rarely financed farming operations that undercut farm businesses. If anything, charities have invested in efforts to create and widen demand through marketing channels for fresh local food – such as the growing movement to get local food into our schools – or to make urban farmers markets attractive for food stamp beneficiaries.”

Read the article from the Environmental Working Group.

USA Today: State of Iowa Farmers in 2014 (moving toward growing food)

On the economics of local food productiona series of reports from the Crossroads Resource Center, which has done regional reports that cover most of Iowa.