SILT: Helping To Save Iowa’s Farmland Before It’s Too Late



When Honey Creek resident Joe Driscoll called SILT in January he sounded anxious. Joe had dreamed that his family farm just minutes from downtown Omaha would become the “Loess Hills Young People’s Farm.” He wanted to see his grandchildren’s generation grow up around the farm animals and fresh vegetables he remembered as a child. But he needed help to make that dream come true.

The bank was knocking on the door of Joe’s farm, and SILT hadn’t even launched yet. We had no staff, little money and a pending 501c3 nonprofit application (since approved). Joe said he could raise the funds himself, but he needed time. Four months later, SILT owned the land and the Young People’s Farm was born.

Across Iowa, landowners are coming forward. Other Iowans are in the process of donating land and scores more are considering land or easement donations in the next few years. Young farmers are asking us for opportunities and we hope to have those for them soon, with your help.

Join us for supper Nov. 12 in Perry and you’ll break bread with Joe, Sue, SILT’s founders and other supporters. You’ll hear the details of this amazing story. You’ll learn how SILT leaders took a giant first leap, and you’ll be inspired by good people who had the courage to be the first to make SILT’s mission come true. Join us to talk, laugh and celebrate our passion for healthy food, farms, communities and affordable land for the next generation of sustainable food farmers.

Can’t make it to supper? Then please consider buying tickets or a table for other guests – including farmer veterans, new Americans, students or beginning farmers – so they can celebrate with us. We can fill the seats and it’s a great way to express what SILT is all about!

dave mooreCelebrate SILT’s First Birthday!
Nov. 12 – 6-9 pm
Hotel Pattee, Perry

We’ll honor the first Iowans to protect their farmland to grow healthy food for good, Dave Moore performs, ag artwork and more for auction, great food and friends!

Reserve tickets now
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Coming Up –

Oct. 8-12 – Two SILT board members attend the Land Trust Alliance annual convention.
Oct. 20 – President Suzan Erem and Adviser Jean Lloyd-Jones talk to Oaknoll (Iowa City) residents.
Nov. 4 – Map of My Kingdom discussion with SILT and Adviser Mary Swander, Cedar Rapids.
Nov. 6-7 – Join SILT at the Women, Food and Agriculture Network annual convention at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport. Keynote speaker Dr. Robin Kimmerer, founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Visit for more info.
Nov. 12 – SILT’s First Birthday Bash with Iowa folks singer Dave Moore.

We love to get out, really. Can we come talk to your group, local press or annual conference about the power of SILT to permanently protect our land to grow healthy food? We promise to be entertaining and informative…OK, at least informative!

On behalf of our board and advisers thank you for your support. If you forward SILT news to friends, neighbors and online communities and invite them to join us we won’t complain. It really is the only way we’ll grow. Thank you.

President – Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
(319) 774-3496

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