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January's Change for Change: SILT – Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

System Admin January 1 Category: Stronger+Together

SILT was founded in 2015 by some of the best minds in Iowa’s sustainable agriculture community. They wanted to solve the problem of how best to save and protect small, diverse, clean farms that feed Iowans.

They knew that this one mission would address a myriad of concerns including:

  • access to land for beginning farmers
  • local food production in the face of climate change and dwindling fossil fuel reserves
  • the future of the family farm the health of our rural communities
  • the current massive transition in land ownership
  • food security for our growing communities
  • expanding cities eating up prime farmland
  • SILT uses land donations and land protection agreements to make land affordable for generations of healthy food growing.

SILT now protects 4 farms totaling nearly 300 acres across Iowa. They grow shiitake mushrooms, fresh vegetables, and organic hay to get grass-fed animals through the winter.

They give next generation farmers a chance to get into the game. They give their communities local, healthy fresh food, jobs, and a new way to look at the world.

System Admin About the Author

System Admin

Allie worked on organic farms in Italy and Sweden through WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), received her BA in English at Grinnell College, and studied the arts in London and Florence, eating her way across Europe and Scandinavia. Returning home to Iowa, she loved working at Grinnell Heritage Farm with her now-husband as their first farm interns, then moved to Iowa City to work at your local, independent cooperative grocery! She helped coordinate New Pi events and edited the Co-op's local food magazine and blog for eight years. She bakes tarts for Iowa City’s Farmers’ Market, covers communications for the International Writing Program, and volunteers on the Board for Table to Table food rescue.