Digging Into It:
How Organic Farms Improve Soil Health
Iroquois Valley investments now available in Canada
It's harvest time on many of our farms, which means we're entering the fall season. The photo above shows sunflowers growing alongside cover crops in a transitional field. In 2018, we purchased this 240 acre property for Clayton Ramsey, an organic farmer in Daviess County, Indiana. It's in year two of its transition to organic and is home to a crop rotation that includes these flowers grown for oil and seed.

We hope this image bring some light as we continue to navigate uncertainty and disruption. The disasters we are experiencing, from fires, derechos, hurricanes, and floods make it clear that we need to creatively and courageously meet this moment and address climate change. We know that there is much to do. Partnering with farmers who approach climate resilience through soil health is one way we're working on this issue.
A framework for understanding soil health
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service identifies five principles for soil health. We built on their concepts and added two of our own to more fully capture the wide range of practices our farmers use to manage their land for soil health.

The organic standard offers quite a bit on soil health, but it can be difficult to wade through the standard and discern key elements. Our seven principles attempt to reframe what's in the organic standard so it can be better understood.
Talking soil health at the Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
Iroquois Valley spoke at RFSI's second annual forum earlier this month. We shared our approach to soil health and heard from one of our farmers, Anna Jones-Crabtree of Vilicus Farms about specific management practices.
Partnering with the Organic Farming Research Foundation on soil health & organic ag
Earlier this year, Iroquois Valley partnered with the Organic Farming Research Foundation to explore challenges organic farmers and ranchers face in transitioning to organic and identify research priorities to support transitioning farmers. This research includes two national surveys and numerous listening sessions with transitioning and organic farmers. Iroquois Valley's transitioning farmers will participate in one of these listening sessions. This project is in collaboration with the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and supported by the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Information gathered from the surveys and listening sessions will be used to build a comprehensive roadmap for future policy and research investments to advance organic agriculture across the United States for years to come. This roadmap, also known as the National Organic Research Agenda, is utilized by USDA staff, legislators, researchers, and non-profits to make crucial policy and research decisions.

Soil health is already a research priority identified within organic agriculture from past surveying of organic farmers. As the climate crisis grows more severe, understanding how organic farmers sequester carbon in their soils through a variety of practices is critical. OFRF has made climate resilience central to their work – learn more at OFRF’s Climate Advocacy Toolkit. If this work resonates with you, we invite you to learn more about their mission and consider supporting their work.
Equity & Notes now available to accredited investors in Canada
Iroquois Valley is now offering both REIT Equity Shares and Soil Restoration Notes to Accredited Investors in Canada. If you are an investor or advisory firm based in Canada and would like more information or access to the Offering Documents, please reach out to Alex Mackay at [email protected].

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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 when we have a ready, willing and able farmer. 
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