Green Mountain Pastures
Strafford Community Farm - Orange County, Vermont  
Top Photo: View of Strafford Community Farm
Bottom Photo: The Miller-Varley Family
Photo Credit: Amy Donohue Photography

A new start for the  Miller-Varley Family
Written by Shannon Varley
A time for thankful reflection: Nearly 2 years ago, we were dealt a pretty rotten lemon when the farmhouse that we had doggedly renovated for 2 years in pursuit of our farm dream, burned after only living in it for a few months. Our hearts were broken and we had to dig really deep to continue feeling so passionately about farm ownership.  
This lemon, however, turned into the gift of a lifetime. In the aftermath of personal tragedy, we were blanketed in the deepest display of humanity- enveloped in love, compassion, empathy, and generosity. Friends, family, strangers, from all parts of this country and abroad - rose up in support of a family that they did not know. 
And so, after determining that we didn't have the heart or the energy to rebuild at the old farm, finding a farm to land on became an even more urgent desire - nearly obsessive! We already recognized and knew farming as a platform for all of the values we hold dear (food, environment, community, education, service) but now, it would have to become a platform for so much more- it would have to become the continuum of all of that we had received - the sum power of kindness. 
We finally found it in a town that we love a community that we love, but now we needed the tool that speaks louder than all others - money! We simply needed a bridge to purchase the dream while it was still available and at a price we could afford. So, careful monitoring and planning and behind-the-scenes coordination with Dale and Sally and the rest of the Iroquois Valley Farms team led to a fantastic outcome- farm ownership!
To learn more about the Miller-Varleys, read here - we are happy to support this family and their new farm by providing mortgage financing. 

Connecting families of farmers and investors, is what we built this company to do. From our family to yours, have a healthy Thanksgiving!

Vermont Connections
Karin Chamberlain of Clean Yield Asset Management and Kevin Egolf, CFO, Iroquois Valley Farms

Sally Dodge and Dale Guldbrandsen representing Iroquois Valley Farms at a recent land trust event

Clean Yield Asset Management , based  in Norwich, Vermont is one of our longest standing financial advisory relationships. They have been advising clients on  socially responsible investing since 1989. This year about 43% of our new subscription capital came from such advisors. Clean Yield has been particularly helpful with our outreach in the Northeast. They have always had a special  interest in sustainable agriculture and we look forward to their help in connecting more Vermonters with farms in the future. 

Also pictured above are Sally Dodge, Board Manager, and Dale Guldbrandsen, Director of Investor Relations. Sally and Dale reside in Manchester, Vermont and have been forwarding our business development activities in the Northeast since 2013. They are both deeply involved in promoting the many positive impacts of soil restoration and are helping to develop our pending offering of "Soil Restoration Notes" designed to scale the transition to a more regenerative agriculture. 
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT
On Thursday, November 17, Iroquois Valley Farms membership approved the conversion to a REIT (real estate investment trust) during a special member meeting. The REIT will be structured as a merger between a newly formed Benefit Corporation REIT and the existing LLC. The new corporate structure will not change how the company operates, but will accelerate future growth by enabling a 2017 non-accredited offering. With 70% member participation at the member meeting, the REIT motion passed along with several additional motions to re-elect / elect board members. We are very appreciative of the support the Board and membership continue to provide. The REIT transition will be effective on 1/1/17.

Please reach out to Kevin Egolf, CFO ( if you have any questions about the REIT.
Connecting farm families, communities, and investors since 2007. 
As a corporate guideline,  we do not look for specific farmland to purchase or finance. We develop relationships with farmers, mostly young and organic, that want to grow their farm business. We move forward if we have a ready, willing and able farmer in hand. 

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