SILT is offering this informal list of SILT farms and farmers available for matching. We have no staff to manage these relationships. We ask farmers and landowners who still reside on SILT properties to consider being flexible and creative when thinking of the many arrangements you can make or food you can grow. Breaking out of the mold is how we find new, better solutions! Thank you.
Farms (see Farmers below)
Corydon: A great way to get started in Central Iowa!
Low-cost lease on up to 25 acres
- fruit and vegetable production
- livestock such as poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep or hogs
Includes good boundary fences, hydrants (on rural water), electric, one metal building approx. 60’ x 30’. Available for use are riding mowers, walk-behind mowers, chipper shredder, chainsaw, air compressor, many hand tools and a 1952 Ford 8N tractor with front scoop and rear blade. New concrete in workshop.
An individual or couple may live rent-free by pulling up an RV or mobile home and hooking up to water and electric on site seasonally. First year land rent only $50/acre in keeping with SILT’s mission of affordable access to land. The current resident is interested in helping get a hoop house for the farmer’s use.
This is a 40-acre parcel, 18 acres of which are timber with a 2-acre pond near the house. The 25 acres have been in pasture and should qualify for immediate organic certification. Marketing opportunities include a new Amish distribution center near Corydon, Hy-Vee 17 miles north in Chariton and Des Moines 75 miles north, among others. Two fruit-growing operations have begun in the area in recent years.
Long-term, affordable lease available to eligible farmers after initial trial period. Interested applicants should send a business plan, resume and references with proof of at least one year of recent on-farm experience to email@example.com. Farmers involved in a nonprofit apprenticeship/mentoring program preferred. Women and veterans encouraged to apply.
We’d love to give a new farmer the opportunity to grow healthy food on your farm. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.
Farmers Seeking SILT Farms
To date, SILT’s Farm Seeker Survey has drawn more than 50 farmers interested in SILT farms! They range from a few acres to hundreds, from fruit and vegetables to many kinds of livestock. If you own land or know someone who does and would like to discuss permanent protection, we can begin to introduce you to these farmers. These farmers signed up specifically for SILT farms, so let’s get them some affordable land either through a donation to SILT or a permanent easement! Contact us today if you’d like a free consultation on what kind of food your land wants to grow.
Refugee families looking to work the land
Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Global Greens agricultural programs coordinate land access, production education and business development training for refugees in the Des Moines metro who want to reconnect with the land.
Many refugee families coming to Iowa have agricultural backgrounds, hailing from Burma, Bhutan, Rwanda and Burundi. Growing food and caring for the land in a holistic manner has always been a way of life for our farmers. Most families owned their farms for many generations but lost their land due to war and persecution. Re-connecting to land has so many benefits for both our farmers and the community!
• Reduced grocery costs and better access to healthy produce
• More income and business opportunities for families
• More social connections with neighbors and less isolation
• Emotional healing for refugees who have faced past trauma
• More connections to cultural traditions and ethnic crops not found in Iowa
• Opportunities to share agricultural traditions with the next generation
Global Greens farmers are currently growing on ¼ acre plots at the Global Greens training farm in Des Moines however, farmers are eagerly looking for larger land in order to grow their businesses and provide more food for their communities.
For more information about Global Greens and to learn more about our 8 Advanced Market Farmers looking for land, visit www.lsiowa.org/globalgreens.
Contact SILT if you know someone with a parcel they can dedicate to these dedicated, passionate new Americans.