photo by Seed Savers Exchange

SILT announces the signing of a lease with Tor Janson, a seventh generation Iowan who grew up in Toledo, IA, Iowa City, and Seattle. A Grinnell College graduate, he has worked on ecological restoration projects all around the Midwest. Tor returned to Iowa seven years ago to work at Seed Savers Exchange. He is looking forward to building a farm grounded in the ecology, history, and food traditions of the Upper Midwest.

Tor will farm this transition year while applications remain open for a longer-term lease. Due to the timing of the Luzum donation this summer, the SILT Farmers Committee considered it only fair to provide new farmers the opportunity to apply over the winter, giving them more time to complete a daunting application and business plan. In true SILT spirit, Tor understands and is prepared.

Meet Tor and honor the Luzum family who donated their beautiful farmThursday Nov.16 at Embassy Suites in Des Moines

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