Land lease rates on SILT-owned land will be 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 young farmers get the best start but we do not allow you to undercut the local market while enjoying the discounted rental price.
Land with easements, or restrictions limiting it to sustainable food farming, can be bought and sold among farmers but must always be kept in sustainable food farming. 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 know Iowa landowners interested in donating land or easements, contact us today to follow up. We’ll work with you to get you on land you can afford.
But “sustainable” can be expensive, especially at first.
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, 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.
Three Miles Square. Paul Corey. 1939