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Our Story

Company History

In 2007, two former college roommates from Loyola University Chicago reunited to offer a solution to conventional agriculture's ecological and economic degradation and its impacts on public health. Looking for a more sustainable answer to a broken food system and extractive economic policies, a doctor and an investment banker formed Iroquois Valley to begin the healing process for the next generation of farmers and responsible investors. Combining respective careers in real estate finance/banking and medicine, Mr. Miller and Dr. Rivard are proving that growing healthy food is good business.

“Our goal is to convert enough farmland to organic to literally change the paradigm of our healthcare system by offering organic food as a matter of fact rather than a choice.”

Dr. Steven Rivard, Co-Founder & Board Chair

Iroquois Valley began operations in Iroquois County, Illinois providing secure land access to organic farmers according to triple bottom line principles. The Company is committed to scaling organic agriculture in the US by getting more organic farmers on the land, funded by socially responsible investors. Iroquois Valley has invested in 50+ farms in 14 states comprising nearly 10,000 acres.

"We built our business to support the businesses of our farmers."

David Miller, Co-Founder & CEO

Iroquois Valley is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by shareholders. The Board of Directors guides Iroquois Valley's financial and policy decisions. Meet our Board of Directors.

Iroquois Valley operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company structure was approved through shareholder voting and took effect on December 31, 2016. Previously, Iroquois Valley operated as an LLC. The Company believes the REIT structure optimizes the long-term growth potential and plans of the business.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

Robert Frost

Events

Farm Field Trip

During the last week of May, a handful of Iroquois Valley staff members visited a few of the farms and families that have been a part of our story since the beginning. The field trip was a great opportunity for our newer and more remote staff to have a hands-on orientation and see the transformation happening in the Chicago-area foodshed.

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News

Organic farmers to harvest record acres in 2019

Organic agriculture is growing – in 2019, 8.3 million acres were planted and certified organic in the US. This equates to 18,155 organic farms and a 3% jump from 2018.

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What We're Reading

Is Organic Farming Risky?

The National Center for Appropriate Technology recently released a report evaluating risk in organic agriculture based on five years of research. "I'm able to report that we found no strong evidence that organic farms are any riskier than non-organic ones, and at least some evidence to the contrary".

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