Land Trust

By: News Release
Jun 30th, 2017

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) will offer local Iowa landowners interested in permanently protecting their land for sustainable food production an opportunity to speak with an attorney and an appraiser at its upcoming Showcase Day in Garber.

Wednesday, July 12 10 am – 2 pm

Oak Savanna Mushroom and Veg

(land donated by Steve Beaumont)

35217 Jupiter Rd Garber

Includes free farm tour, lunch and presentations by

attorney Sheila Knoploh-Odole and appraiser Jim Jensen

Oak Savanna Mushroom and Veg is owned by young farmer Will Lorentzen and his wife Adrian White. The land they farm was donated to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust by long-time Garber resident Steve Beaumont, who continues to live on the property and is currently building the young farmers a packing shed. These farmers have affordable access to land with an opportunity for a long-term land lease and equity in the buildings.

Launched in January 2015, SILT has already acquired four farms, with thousands of acres more under discussion. Its latest acquisition is 170 acres near Calmar, IA, but SILT farms can range from 10 acres and up depending on location. Landowners wishing to maintain ownership of their property while still protecting it using an agricultural conservation easement are on the list for protection this year and next.

Space is limited. RSVP by July 10 for lunch. Email or call (515) 278-0550 to reserve your spot. This event free and open to the public.

SILT is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently protecting land to grow healthy food. Learn more at