Our Eleventh Harvest

Announcing the first organic REIT dividend
We started Iroquois Valley Farms ten years ago in the middle of a major financial crisis. As we celebrate this coming season's end, let's not forget that it is always a good idea to have balance and diversity. Enabling a real and healthy investment was our founding goal, and this is as strategic today as it was in 2007. Wishing you many more harvests and a fruitful New Year!


Iroquois Valley Farms is excited to release our latest video! Filmed at our 2017 Annual Meeting, which was hosted by the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago and Uncommon Ground, the video highlights our work in land access and features Iroquois Valley farmers, investors, board, and staff. 
Our eleventh harvest reflects growing asset diversification from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to the Driftless region of Minnesota & Wisconsin to the  Great Plains of northern Montana. It was our busiest year, funding an average of over $1,000,000 a month for farm families spread across eight states. Five of our first six transactions were mortgages, mostly refinances, reflecting a pent-up demand to recapitalize the balance sheets of  organic farm families. Our mortgage product is providing additional balance to our new financial structure, best characterized as a "growth and income" real estate investment trust. In fact, our Board recently approved of a cash distribution of $5.50/share for holders of record (12-4-17), based on projected 2017 profits. We expect to grow this dividend as our young farm families grow their businesses and restore the health of our soils. 
Over 70% of our farmer tenants are millennials. We have many more young families waiting to get funded. Make that New Year's resolution early, rebalance your portfolio and invest in a healthy future.
As we move into our 12th season of operations, the foundation of Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT continues to be the businesses of small to middle-size family farmers. These farmers are supported primarily by middle-size individual investors, spread across 40 states, and often using their IRA funds. Our pipeline of new business assures another busy year and good news for scaling our environmental and public health impacts. 

In addition to some of our new 2017 financed families shown below, we would also like to welcome a new Board Director, Malaika Maphalala, of Natural Investments. Malaika joins us from Hawaii and brings an expertise in regenerative investing,  which directly supports the regenerative capacity of communities and ecosystems.

Beyercrest Farms - Winona County, MN 
The Beyer Family 
Rory Beyer is the 5th generation farming at Beyercrest Farms. His family raises dairy on pasture for Organic Valley.
Engelhard Family Farms - Tuscola County, MI
The Engelhard Family 

Nate & Amy Engelhard (pictured left) are the 5th generation at  Engelhard Family Farms . Nate and his father run their specialty grain and legume operation. Nate is an organic agriculture advocate and the Tuscola County Farm Bureau president.
Minniwana Farm - Olmsted County, MN
The Henry Family 
The Henry family raise grass-fed dairy for Organic Valley's grass milk product.
Diamond L Ranch - Seneca County, OH
The Lepley Family 
Our purchase for the Lepleys gave them the land security to transition from non-GMO grain production to certified organic. They are our first farm family in Ohio.
Main Street Project - Dakota County, MN

Main Street Project  is the first nonprofit financed by Iroquois Valley Farms. The organization developed a poultry-based permaculture system that establishes a path for Latino families to participate in the food system as dignified workers or land and business owners.
Creambrook Farm - Augusta County, VA
The Beichler Family 
Ben and Kristen Beichler run Creambrook Farm, an entirely grass-fed dairy operation in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. They work with local creameries to make yogurt, kefir, cheese, and other dairy products. They also offer herd-shares to sell raw milk directly to consumers.
Boone County Organics - Boone County, IA
The Friedrichsen Family 
The Friedrichsen Family run Boone County Organics , which specializes in producing nutrient-rich aronia berries. Their business product line includes a chocolate-covered aronia berry package, in case anyone wants to order for the holidays!
Friedman Farms - Livingston County, IL
The Friedman Family, Spenard Family, & Roberts Family
Scott Friedman, with his farm partners Adam Roberts & Logan Spenard, are our longest-standing tenants. We purchased land for Scott in 2006 and an additional 300 acres for them at auction this year. They collectively farm four properties under Iroquois Valley Farms leases.
Vermont Natural Beef - Rutland County, VT
The Stannard Family 
Vermont Natural Beef is a grass-fed beef operation in the Champlain Valley. They rotationally graze their cattle through pasture to enhance soil quality and ecosystem health.
Anderson Farms - DeKalb County, IL
The Anderson Family
Jeff Anderson is a 5th generation farmer growing specialty grains in a three-year rotation. This is the third property Iroquois Valley Farms has bought for lease to the Anderson Family.
Vilicus Farms - Hill County, MT
The Jones-Crabtree Family 

Doug and Anna Jones-Crabtree are the land stewards at Vilicus Farms in the northern Great Plains. They grow specialty and ancient grains, legumes, oilseeds, and have over 25% of their operation in non-crop conservation. Some of their products are available at Timeless Seeds. Photos credited to Vilicus Farms.
News & Updates
Iroquois Valley Farms is hiring! We are currently accepting applications for an office manager for our Evanston headquarters. See the job description here.

We're "growing organic returns for impact investors" - read our feature in Real Leaders magazine  here.
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, who want to grow their farm business. We move forward only if we have a ready, willing and able farmer in hand. 

Learn more about the two investment options -- REIT equity shares or Soil Restoration Notes --  here. Or, email us to receive the offering materials at  invest@iroquoisvalleyfarms.com.
   
Iroquois Valley Farms | REIT | B Corporation  | Est. 2007

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