Month: December 2020

Animal welfare at Iroquois Valley partner farms

Heritage pigs grazing at Singing Pastures, one of our partner farms in Maine

We’re often asked why Iroquois Valley invests in operations that include livestock. Animal agriculture is an incredibly complex topic and it looks different across farms and across the food system.

We support farmers who raise animals in ways that regenerate our soils and our ecosystems by only partnering with farmers who raise animals on pastures managed organically. There is an alternative to the dominant industrial animal agriculture system and it needs support. Animals are essential to life on this planet, particularly in the ways they support soil and the carbon cycle. Management matters and offers solutions. For those who choose to eat meat, we hope they find farmers like ours in their community who are thoughtful in their work with the land. We developed a guide to animal welfare on our farms that you can read here. It offers our approach to supporting animal agriculture and shares stories from our farmer partners.

Iroquois Valley is reimagining a food and finance system that puts farmer land stewards at the center. Our financial products support long-term land security so that farmers can invest in the land, our ecosystems, and maintain financial viability in a food system where small and mid-sized farmers compete against large corporate interests. There is an alternative system and we are committed to our role in building it.

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Iroquois Valley is proud to share its annual gift guide featuring products grown by the farmers we partner with – 2020 has been unlike any other year and we hope it has deepened your connection to what nourishes you. This year’s gift guide is illustrated by Evanston-based artist, Hannah Bess Ross who sells prints, cards, and ceramics here. Scroll through for products available across the country as well as products available in certain locales (WA, MI, MN). Warm wishes for a healthy and joyous holiday season!

NATIONALLY AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

Organic aronia berries: available covered in Rainforest Alliance-certified chocolate or freeze dried to add to smoothies or baked goods. Email info@boonecountyorganics.com to order.
Janie’s Mill organic wheat products include specialty flours, bran, and whole wheat berries. Visit their online store here.
Make sure to check out their recipes and tips for baking with heirloom grains.
Year-round CSA shares, eggs, poultry, meat, & honey raised on organic prairie pastures. Visit their online store here. Products available for home delivery or local pickup. Use the discount code IQVF-HOLIDAY to save.
Charcuterie and roam sticks made from heritage pork raised on organic pastures. Visit their online store here and use the discount code IVFARMS15 to save.
Goat cheese and dairy products, including gift boxes. Visit their online store here. Goats raised in a silvopasture system that incorporates fruit trees and bushes that flavor some of the products. Note: some products only available for pick up at their farmstand.
Organically grown grains, available as flour, rolled, and whole berries, as well as heirloom dry beans. Visit their online store here.
Organic lentils and grains grown by our partners at Vilicus Farms and other organic farmers in the Northern Great Plains. Visit their online store here.
Heritage pork and grass fed beef raised on pasture in the North Woods. Shop their curated boxes and available cuts through their online store. They are even offering soap! Nation-wide shipping and local delivery available throughout Duluth, the Twin Cities, and the North Shore.
Currently sold out! Grass-fed beef available in gift boxes and by the cut raised on organically managed pastures. Check back on their online store for future availability!

LOCALS ONLY PRODUCTS

Grass-fed beef raised on the Olympic Peninsula in a silvopasture system that incorporates grasses, forage, and trees. Visit their online store here. Free delivery to the greater Puget Sound and Western Washington area.
Heritage pork cuts available now: bacon, fat back, smoked ham & hocks, sausage: (breakfast, bratwurst, Italian, German style Kielbasa), leaf fat, loin roast, pork chops, smoked shoulder roast, organs & neck bones, pork steak, shoulder roast, and spare ribs. Lamb available soon and rabbit available in March!

Email thepasturage@gmail.com to order pork or purchase a Square gift card for future orders. Pick up at the Muskegon Farmers Market or at the farm. Local delivery may be available – email to inquire.
Sign up for a summer CSA share! Featherstone Farm is a certified organic produce farm offering customized CSA shares for both summer (18 weeks) and winter shares (9 weeks). Early summer boxes include lettuce, spinach, basil and onions, broccoli and kale. Available throughout the Twin Cities, as well as in Rochester, La Crosse, and Winona – find a full list of CSA pick up locations here and learn more at the Featherstone Farm website.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Iroquois Valley is proud to partner with farmers raising good food across the country. We believe that land security enables land stewardship – our work supports farmers and their businesses. Investing with Iroquois Valley allows us to grow and partner with more farmers raising food in ways that enliven our soils, ecosystems, and communities. Learn more about our investment options here or set up a conversation by emailing invest@iroquoisvalley.com.

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Iroquois Valley is proud to share its annual gift guide featuring products grown by the farmers we partner with.

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Animal welfare at Iroquois Valley partner farms

We're often asked why Iroquois Valley invests in operations that include livestock. Animal agriculture is an incredibly complex topic and it looks different across farms and across the food system. We support farmers who raise animals in ways that regenerate our soils and our ecosystems by only partnering with farmers who raise animals on pastures managed organically.

Read more

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