Vollmar Family Farms

Tuscola County, Michigan
We are excited to introduce one of the newest farms in our portfolio: Vollmar Family Farms located in Tuscola County, Michigan. Mark and Dawn Vollmar farm 500 acres of diversified row crops in an “organic hotspot” of Michigan, surrounded by more than 10,000 acres of certified organic farmland within just a few miles of their properties. Their son, Jordan, farms with Mark, and he has expanded his own organic operation to an additional 500+ acres in the same area. Mark is a fifth-generation farmer whose family has farmed in Tuscola County since the 19th century. This legacy includes challenges along with a deep respect for the land and community. Mark is grateful to be farming with his son and to know that the legacy will continue. Mark's father was forced to sell much of their land and exit farming during the 1980s farming crisis. Certifying organic in 1997, Mark rebuilt the operation to what it is today. The Vollmars are strongly committed to organic and regenerative farming practices – they are certified organic and are moving to regenerative organic certification (ROC). Their diversified crop rotation includes dry beans (pinto, navy, and black), grains (spelt, einkorn, rye, blue & yellow corn), and hemp. 
From the top: Mark & Jordan, a field of hemp grown by the Vollmars, and Mark & Dawn
Mark started farming as a teenager and decided to pursue organic farming 24 years ago to provide a better living for his family. He quickly realized that organic farming's positive effects on human health and the well-being of the environment are equally as important. Mark now seeks out regenerative, no-till farming techniques to further improve soil health and counts Rodale Institute and Rick Clark, a prominent no-till organic farmer from Indiana, among those he's learned from. The family uses no-till practices as much as possible, and they also embrace planting cover crops.
The Vollmar family is passionate about sharing what they have learned through mentoring and apprenticeship with younger farmers. Mark is a leader in the organic community and an ideal mentor to new farmers interested in learning more about organic and regenerative agriculture. The Vollmar family endeavors to serve, give back to, restore, and build up both the land and the community for many more generations to come.
Recommended resources to check out
In honor of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, we are sharing resources recommended by our team that celebrate and contextualize the many contributions these groups have made to agriculture. We encourage all to uplift these stories year-round.

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Ukraine & food and agriculture
We also recognize the devastation occurring in Ukraine. This crisis will continue to have myriad impacts, including within food and agriculture. One of our team members shared this Civil Eats article highlighting what this invasion means for food supply in Ukraine and globally. Learn more about how the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization is responding to support farmers and food security in Ukraine here. The response from the food world has been inspiring to many of us: locally, Chicago chefs organized a fundraiser to support Ukraine just this week, while chef José Andrés and his organization, World Central Kitchen, are on the ground cooking and feeding people
Now accepting applications for our CEO position
Iroquois Valley is searching for its next CEO with the help of Noetic Search. We seek someone who will put farmers first and thoroughly understands organic and regenerative agriculture, including the investors who support it. The next CEO will lean into the opportunity to evolve and scale operations, oversee Iroquois Valley’s financial position, evaluate and improve effectiveness, and chart Iroquois Valley’s participation in a growing ecosystem of agricultural impact investments, alternative finance, and public benefit corporations. Ideally, this person will be a strong storyteller and connector committed to communicating farming’s values beyond bushels per acre to advancing its vital role in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred in finance, agriculture, business administration, or related field. Ten or more years of transferable professional experience including managing a team of at least 8 people and demonstrating excellence in leading, managing, and growing teams.

Head to our careers page to view the in-depth position profile. We welcome your help in sharing this opportunity with qualified candidates in your network. Iroquois Valley is currently led by interim CEO, Andy Ambriole, who has been a farmer and board member for many years. Learn more about our leadership transition here.
Update on our REIT Equity Shares Offering
Thanks to your continued confidence in our business, our fundraising continues to be very successful — we are setting new fundraising records each year. And because of a large influx of cash, a key priority for us in the coming months is to carefully deploy those funds through acquisitions and financings of new farms.

Given this, we have paused sales of our REIT Equity Shares offering effective March 1st, 2022. We will continue to sell our Soil Restoration Notes for the foreseeable future.

Over the past three years, we have raised over $30 million from investors through our current offering of REIT Shares and have welcomed more than 300 new shareholders into our community. We expect to launch a new offering of shares, with an updated share price, later this spring, with SEC qualification anticipated by the early summer.

We are also excited to announce that we are now able to sell our REIT Equity Shares (when available again) and Soil Restoration Notes in all fifty states and Canada! This is an important compliance milestone for us, and we look forward to connecting with investors from across the region in the coming year.
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Securities involve risk, and investment may result in a partial or total loss. Some of the statements herein may constitute forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described in offering circulars prepared for the purpose of offering and selling securities by Iroquois Valley. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Any historical returns, expected returns, or probability projections may not reflect actual future performance.

Iroquois Valley and its affiliates are not liable for any investment decisions by its readers or subscribers. It is strongly recommended that any purchase or sale decision be discussed with a financial advisor, tax advisor, broker-dealer, or a member of any financial regulatory body. The information contained herein has been provided as an information service only. The accuracy or completeness of the information is not warranted and is only as reliable as the sources from which it was obtained.

In particular, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC is offering its common stock for sale pursuant to Tier 2 of Regulation A+, and as such intends to be exempted from state qualification pursuant to federal law. Offerings are only made through our Offering Circular, coming soon. No offer to sell securities or solicitation of an offer to buy securities is being made herein or in any state where such offer or sale is not permitted under the blue sky or state securities laws thereof.
As a corporate guideline,  we do not look for specific farmland to purchase or finance. We develop relationships with farmers who want to grow their businesses. We move forward when we have a ready, willing and able farmer. 
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