Luzum Family Farm Receives SILT Signage


Pictured (l-r) are: Stephanie Hughes, Lyle Luzum, Sue Luzum, Suzan Erem and Kayla Koether. Photo by Michael Hohenbrink

Information courtesy Eric Woolson on behalf of SILT

Fourth-generation farmer and landowner Lyle Luzum, his family and members of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust unveiled signage Friday that designates his family’s 170-acre heritage farm, home and buildings as a property for future farmers to produce healthy, locally grown food.

Luzum noted the land has been owned by his family since 1873. After moving back to Iowa from the Chicago area in 1978, he and his family lived there for 39 years. With Luzum’s retirement last year, Stephanie and Matt Hughes were not in a position to drop their existing life and begin farming, so the family went in search of a solution to the question of how to protect the family farm’s legacy.

SILT executive director Suzan Erem said the West Branch-based nonprofit organization conducted a careful review process before offering a lease to Andrew and Betsy Boone, who currently live in south central Iowa.

Read more in the August 7 edition of the Calmar Courier.