SILT uses land donations and land protection agreements to make land affordable for generations of healthy food farmers. Land lease rates on SILT-owned land are flexible, reduced for the number and quality of sustainable practices you choose to employ to heal damaged soil life. We do this to encourage such practices and help new farmers get the best start, but we don’t allow you to undercut the local market while enjoying the discounted rental price.
Land protection agreements, called conservation easements, keep the land in the family but limit future uses to farming. Land with such agreements can be bought and sold among farmers but must always be kept primarily in sustainable food farming (SILT supports diversified farming operations that include fiber, flowers, timber and other products). The inability for any other uses reduces the cost of that land for generations to come, but SILT monitors those easements annually to maintain the integrity of the donor’s original intent.
It’s about access to affordable land, first.
If you are or know Iowa landowners interested in donating land or easements, contact us today to follow up.
Farmers of all ages and experiences developed SILT’s vetting criteria for new SILT farmers. Read these before applying to a SILT farm.
Time on the land, not in your truck.
SILT is targeting parcels of all sizes near major metro areas, giving you proximity to a local foods direct-sale, retail and wholesale market. Eventually, SILT expects to be active in supporting food hubs and aggregators to increase odds of success and meet your needs from seed to sale.
Not quite ready to start farming?
SILT will continue to network with farmer education organizations such as Practical Farmers of Iowa, Women, Food and Agriculture Network, MOSES and the Land Stewardship Project to inform you of every chance to improve your skill set and practices, build a business plan that will success, seek out the right markets for you and more.
Interested in local food systems? Sign up today to help incorporate SILT’s work into our regional and local food movement.
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THIRD ANNUAL LAND PROTECTOR RECOGNITION DINNER
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:30pm
Embassy Suites Downtown
101 E. Locust, Des Moines