SILT: Affordable land access for healthy food farmers.

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Protect local foods by protecting local farms.

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Free Report: What food does your land want to grow?

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  1. Land Trust Alliance Virtual Rally

    October 8 @ 12:00 am - October 10 @ 11:59 pm
  2. SILT Board Meeting

    November 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

SILT farms grow food in a nature-friendly way.

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We grew up with a land conservation ethic and were taught to leave the land better than we found it. By protecting these farms with SILT’s help, we hope to conserve Iowa’s precious topsoil and water for future generations to produce healthy food. We are also pleased that the SILT easements make the land more affordable for younger farmers.

Beth Henning, easement donor

“This is for the future. It’s to help protect the watershed. And it’s one way to get back to small farming.” Ron

“We want to help and encourage young farmers to get started. We believe SILT provides a way to make this happen.” Karlene

Ron and Karlene Humpal, donated 164 acres

“We all know there are young farmers who are only held back due to land prices being a nearly impossible hurdle…We don’t want to see decades of work be undone by seeing the land swallowed up by mega corporations, sold to the highest bidder… I couldn’t be happier that someone had the foresight to create such a trust.”

Steph Hughes, daughter of Lyle and Sue Luzum
SILT Who We Are Advisers Paul Johnson

Soils are made up of three different parts. Sands, silts and clays. We all know sands can’t do much on their own. If you garden, you don’t want just clays. What you want is that thing in the middle that binds us all together. That’s SILT.

Paul Johnson, Former Chief of the National Resources Conservation Service, former legislator